Development Contracts Process
A development contract provides a way for online instructors to perform work outside of their regular duties. This may happen if a Course Council has time constraints or if they need the specialized skills of an online instructor.
- (A): The curriculum designer must verify the online instructor's availability with Employment & Scheduling. Online instructors may be unable to get additional contracts if they teach multiple sections or have leadership positions.
- (B): The Designer fills out a development contract request, working in conjunction with the proposed online instructor to discuss objectives and timelines. The instructor often has specific expertise for the contracted work and can provide the most accurate details.
- (C): The online instructor works according to documented objectives, keeping a log of time spent and work performed on the development contract request tab titled "Work Log."
- Designers should schedule regular check-ins with contracted personnel. The Course Council should regularly review completed work.
- The designer is responsible for ensuring time estimates and project scope are reasonable, though they may consult with an instructor when doing so.
- Only remote adjunct faculty in the payroll system are eligible for a development contract.
- Full-time faculty cannot be given a development contract; instead, they may pursue faculty stipends through their departments in cases involving overload.
- Instructors will not be paid for hours beyond the contracted amount. The designer is responsible for communicating this policy to the instructor.
- Funds for development contracts are provided by Online Learning, not campus departments.
- The director of Curriculum Development oversees the budget for development contracts.
Responsible*: Steven Willis (planning & coordination manager)
Consulted*: Teresa Moser (online delivery specialist), online instructor managers, curriculum designers
Informed*: Online Instruction, Employment and Scheduling, Planning and Coordination, Organizational Learning Team
*Note: The assignments above do not indicate responsibility or roles in individual implementations of this process. Instead, they assign roles in documenting, overseeing, and improving the process as a whole.
For example, the planning and coordination manager (Steve Willis) is responsible for coordinating the documentation and improvement of this process, but has no role in individual implementations. See "How are Core Processes developed and approved?" for more information.