Q. How much will I receive for course development?
A. A faculty member receives $500 as personal income (taxes and withholding apply) for each credit hour of a course developed for offering in A-State Online academic programs (Ex. A 3-credit hour course will receive $1500 and a 1-credit hour course will receive $500). Please be advised that development of an A-State Online course is labor-intensive as the course must be of high quality and meet best practices for distance learning.
Q. How much will I receive each time the course is delivered?
A. During the Spring and Fall terms full-time faculty members will receive $3500 as personal income (taxes and withholding apply) each time the course is delivered providing that the course is an overload and not part of the instructor’s regular teaching load. If the course is only 1-credit hour it will be $1166.67 as personal income if it is an overload. No payment is provided for A-State Online courses delivered as part of the regular teaching load. Full-time faculty may only teach 1 overload course in A-State Online programs during a given semester.
During the Summer terms, full-time faculty members receive 6.944% of their previous 9-month salary per 3-credit hours. Overloads and not encouraged during summer terms, but if needed will be paid at the standard Adjunct Rates (see below).
Adjuncts/Part-Time Instructors are paid the traditional adjunct rate for all semesters.
Standard Adjunct Rates:
- Instructor - $2,000 per 3 credit hours
- Assistant & Associate - $2,100 per 3 credit hours
- Full Professor - $2,200 per 3 credit hours
- Emeritus - $2,500 per 3 credit hours
Please list the Adjunct’s rank on the Assignment Change Form and send or email the Adjunct’s CV to Chris Salehi in Global Engagement and Outreach to confirm rank. Sending the Adjunct’s CV only needs to be done once per Adjunct. Email Nikki Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure if the Adjunct’s CV has been sent previously.
Q. What are the benefits to my college and department for my development and delivery of A-State Online courses and how will my department be paid?
A. Colleges, Departments, and Department Chairs will no longer receive payment for the delivery and development of courses. Instructor’s payments for development and delivery are as follows:
Receives $500 per credit hour as personal income (taxes and withholding apply)
Account Number 617100
Receives $3,500 for overload as personal income (taxes and withholdings apply). Receives $1166.67 for 1-credit hour courses.
Account Number 617200
Receives 6.944% of the previous salary as personal income (taxes and withholdings apply). Overload (if any) receives Adjunct Rates.
Account Number 617200
Delivery Adjuncts (Spring/Summer/Fall)
Receives $2000 for Instructor rank, $2100 for Assistant/Associate Rank, $2200 for Professor Rank, or $2500 as Emeritus rank as personal income (taxes and withholdings apply). Please send a CV once for Professor or Emeritus Rank.
Account Number 617200
Q. When and how will I be paid for course development and delivery?
A. After the course evaluation process of development through AOS faculty support, your department must submit a request for additional compensation form and an assignment/change form in the amount of $500 per credit hour of the course (Ex. A 3-credit hour course would receive $1500) to Academic Affairs and Research. The inclusive dates for development should be the date you begin development through the date of estimated completion. Your pay for development will be distributed over this period. If your course is being taught as an overload, prior to course delivery, your department must submit a request for additional compensation form and an assignment/change form to Academic Affairs and Research for Spring and Fall terms. During Summer terms you do not need to submit an additional compensation form unless the faculty is teaching an overload which is not encouraged. The inclusive dates for delivery should be the date the course starts and ends. Your pay for delivery will be distributed over this period.
Please send these forms to Chris Salehi in Global Engagement and Outreach for signatures. They will be taken to Academic Affairs and Research after signatures and file copies are obtained.
Prior to engaging in course development and delivery, it is important to inquire with Academic Affairs to determine if you will have any salary limitations. Other provisions may be required to accommodate line-item maximum issues.
Q. How often will I teach my course(s)?
A. A course carousel will be established for each academic program that is offered. The carousel will be developed in conjunction with the department, faculty, and the A-State Online staff. In general, course offerings are less frequent during the startup of a new program and increase in frequency as enrollments and demand increase.
In some cases, faculty who develop and deliver multiple A-State Online courses or deliver courses frequently that are not part of their normal teaching load may be subject to line-item maximums associated with salary. This is particularly true if you are receiving additional compensation for research or other activities. Prior to engaging in course development and delivery, it is important to inquire with Academic Affairs to determine if you will have any salary limitations.
Q. Is the course content the property of the instructor?
A. A-State has made a binding commitment to offer courses pursuant to a schedule that will allow students enrolled in our A-State Online programs to complete their degrees in a timely manner. Any disruption of the course delivery cycle is simply not permissible under the terms of this commitment. Therefore, all courses developed and delivered as part of the A-State Online program will be considered the property of Arkansas State University.
Additional stipends/salaries have been paid to each faculty member to ensure courses offered through our A-State Online programs are developed and offered in a timely manner to accommodate local, regional, and national student demand for each course. Hence, there cannot be any disruption in the highly-synchronized and compressed A-State Online course delivery schedule in the event a faculty member were to become ill, decided to leave Arkansas State University or chose to end their participation in the A-State Online program.
As a result, Arkansas State University retains the right to allow your course materials to be used by another instructor until such time such course or courses can be redeveloped. This right to access your course materials extends to all items that have been captured in the Blackboard Learn platform for delivery of the course via the A-State Online program. The general content of the course remains the property of the instructor which means individuals are not prohibited from teaching the course in the future.
Q. What platform is used to deliver A-State Online courses?
A. The Blackboard Learn platform is currently used for the development and delivery of A-State Online courses.
Q. What role do Academic Assistants have in the support of my A-State Online course?
A. In general, one AA is provided for every 25-35 students. It is the responsibility of the instructor to make certain that the AAs are appropriately apprised of their duties and trained for facilitating the course so that the instructor and students are best served. Regular communication with the AAs is encouraged. The AAs may grade assignments following a rubric provided by the instructor, monitor course participation (submission of assignments, discussion boards, etc.), assist students with technical concerns, tally points for grade assignments so that the instructor may finalize and submit final grades in a timely manner, and perform other course-related duties.
The AAs also are responsible for providing a welcome email to new students and instructions on how to access the course in Blackboard, and other duties associated with accessing the course material.
Q. Who do I contact if I have questions?
A. AOS Faculty Support email@example.com