Overtime-Teaching Dispute Pits Full-Time Professors Against Part-Timers

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"Overloads" are becoming a bread-and-butter issue dividing part-time and full-time faculty members who are competing for the same work.

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"Overloads" are becoming a bread-and-butter issue dividing part-time and full-time faculty members who are competing for the same work.

The debate over a proposed California law limiting the overtime of full-time instructors at community colleges is shedding light on how commonly professors take on extra, paid classroom work, and the financial and educational costs of their doing so.

At colleges around the nation, full-time faculty members routinely sign up for "overloads"—paid teaching or service work beyond what is covered by their salaries—as a means of increasing their earnings or helping their