ADJUNCT FACULTY
KEY TERMS UNDER THE 2015 - 2017 
IFO/MnSCU MASTER AGREEMENT

Adjunct Status

Faculty with adjunct appointments may be appointed to teach up ten (10) credits per academic year.  Faculty with adjunct appointments who teach more than three (3) semester credits or more than one (1) class per year (even if the classes total less than three credits) are part of the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) bargaining unit and are covered by the IFO / MnSCU Agreement (even if they also belong to another bargaining unit).

Compensation

The IFO has bargained successfully for pay raises for faculty with adjunct appointments that equal or exceed the percent increases for full time and part time (fixed term, tenure track and tenured) faculty in the last several rounds of collective bargaining with MnSCU.

Class Instruction

  • For the 2015-2016 academic year, faculty with adjunct appointments must be paid no less than $1,379 per class credit.  (The previous minimum rate was $1,349 per class credit) [Art. 11, Sec M] 
  • For the 2016-2017 academic year, faculty with adjunct appointments must be paid no less than $1,426 per class credit. [Art. 11, Sec M] 
  • A graduate multiplier applies to compensation for graduate courses including online graduate courses. For compensation purposes, a three (3) credit graduate course is equivalent to a four (4) credit undergraduate course, and a four (4) credit graduate course is equivalent to a five (5) credit undergraduate course. All other graduate courses are paid at a rate of one and one quarter (1.25) undergraduate credits for each graduate credit of instruction. This means that faculty with adjunct appointments who teach a three (3) credit graduate course will be paid the equivalent of four (4) credits of instruction. [Art. 10, Sec. A, Subd. 1(a)]

 Teaching Workloads

  • The workload for faculty with adjunct appointments may not exceed ten (10) credits per academic year (i.e. fall semester through spring semester). During summer session, workload may not exceed sixteen (16) credits.[Art. 10, Sec. J, Subd. 2; Art. 13, Sec. A]  
  • If a faculty member with an adjunct appointment teaches more than ten (10) credits during a single academic year, the faculty member’s status changes from adjunct to fixed term faculty and the individual’s pay will be supplemented to provide for full pro rata pay for the entire year based upon placement on the appropriate step in the salary schedule. [Art. 11, Sec. J] 

Tuition Waiver Benefits 

 Employee benefit

  • Faculty with adjunct appointments are entitled to tuition waiver benefits equaling the number of credit hours taught.  For purposes of tuition waiver, the applicable year begins on the first day of fall semester and ends the day before the succeeding fall semester. For example, if a faculty member with an adjunct appointment is assigned to teach ten (10) credits during the academic year and another six (6) credits during the following summer, they would be entitled to up to sixteen (16) credits of tuition waiver to be used during that same period. 
  • Tuition waiver benefits may be used to cover tuition and fees (other than laboratory and special courses fees) for undergraduate or graduate courses, including doctoral courses at any of the MnSCU four-year universities - not just at your own university.

 Tuition waiver for spouses and dependents 

  • A faculty member’s spouse or dependent children may use any portion of the tuition waiver benefit not used by the faculty member, at any of the MnSCU four-year universities; however, the benefit covers tuition only (not fees) for spouses and dependents. [Art. 27, Sec. G]

 Tuition Waiver Application Process

  • The tuition waiver application process is online. To access the application you will need your ID, password, and home institution information.
  • The tuition waiver application must be completed no later than ten (10) days following the start of the course for which the benefits are sought. 
  • For more information about the application process, contact your Office of Human Resources. 

 Leave Benefits

 Sick leave

  • Faculty with adjunct appointments may miss all or part of two class days each semester for illness or disability for themselves or their immediate family without loss of pay. For purposes of such sick leave, "immediate family" includes spouse, siblings, children (including adopted, step, foster and adult children), wards, grandchildren, grandparents, parents, stepparents, or parents of the spouse, or any individual who regularly resides in the faculty member's household. Unused sick leave does not carry over. Faculty with adjunct appointments should contact their department chair if they need to use sick leave. [Art. 17, Sec. A, Subd. 10] 

Bereavement leave 

  • Faculty with adjunct appointments may be absent from class for up to 5 days without loss in pay in the case of a death in the immediate family, including siblings, children, wards, grandchildren, grandparents, parents or parents of the spouse, or any individual who regularly resides in the faculty member's household. Bereavement leave for immediate family, an individual who regularly resides in the household, and for parents of a spouse will not be deducted from sick leave. If the faculty member needs to be absent from class in the case of the death of other relatives of a spouse, the absences will be deducted from sick leave, however, the faculty member may use any accrued unused sick leave if needed for this purpose. [Art. 17, Sec. B] 

Personal leave 

  • Faculty with adjunct appointments are entitled to up to one day of paid emergency/personal leave per semester for situations not covered by other provisions of the Agreement that necessitate the faculty member’s absence from class. [Art. 17, Sec. E]

 Retirement Benefits

 Pension Contributions 

  • Faculty with adjunct appointments who work at least twenty-five percent (25%) time in an academic year (i.e., 6 credits) become eligible for pension benefits. Once eligible, faculty members are automatically enrolled in a self-directed defined contribution Individual Retirement Account Plan (IRAP) through TIAA. Under IRAP, the faculty member will contribute 4.5% of salary and the employer will contribute 6% of the employee’s salary to the faculty member’s retirement account. 
  • Faculty members have up to one year from their date of eligibility to elect to switch to the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) plan, a defined benefit plan, as their main retirement program.  Under the TRA plan, the employer and employee will both contribute 7.5% of salary to the retirement plan and benefits will vest after three years of contributions.
  • Once faculty members qualify they will continue to accrue pension benefits even if they fall below the initial qualifying threshold of six (6) credits in subsequent years.
  • Regardless of the number of credits they teach, faculty with adjunct appointments are also eligible for two (2) voluntary tax sheltered savings programs accomplished through payroll deductions.  

Tax Sheltered Annuity Program (the 403(b) Plan) for MnSCU employees 

  • Employees under the age of 50 may deduct up to $18,000 per calendar year.
  • Employees age 50 and over may deduct up to $24,000 per year.
  • Subject to these limits, employees may deduct up to 100% of their MnSCU pay per year.

 State Deferred Compensation Program (the 457 Plan) for all State employees

  • Employees under the age of 50 may deduct up to $18,000 per calendar year.
  • Employees age 50 and over may deduct up to $24,000 per year.
  • Subject to these limits, employees may deduct up to 100% of their pay from the State of Minnesota per year.

For 2016, the maximum that can be tax sheltered by participating in both programs is $36,000; and $48,000 for faculty age 50 and over.

  • For more information about faculty retirement benefits, faculty with adjunct appointments may contact Richard Kaspari at Kaspari@ifo.org, or click on the “Retirement/Health Care” link on the IFO website. 

Insurance Benefits 

Health and Dental coverage 

  • Faculty with adjunct appointments are not normally eligible for insurance benefits. However, faculty with adjunct appointments who have separate teaching appointments at two or more MnSCU institutions are eligible to participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program (“SEGIP”) if they work a combined total of at least fifty percent (50%) FTE during an academic year (i.e. fall through spring semester.)   To be eligible for insurance benefits based on multiple appointments, a faculty member must report all appointments to the human resources office for each reporting institution. [Art. 35, Sec. B, Subds. 1 & 2(e)] 

Expense Reimbursement Accounts and Optional coverages 

  • Faculty who are insurance eligible based on multiple teaching appointments at MnSCU institutions are also eligible to participate in health and dental expense account and dependent care expense account plans, and to purchase optional life and disability coverage if they are SEGIP insurance eligible. [Art. 11, Secs. G & H; Art. 35, Sec. G] 
  • For more information about faculty insurance benefits, contact Pat Arseneault at arsen@ifo.org or Richard Kaspari at Kaspari@ifo.org or click on the “Retirement/Health Care” link on the IFO website. 

Union Membership

The IFO represents all faculty included in the bargaining unit whether they are full members or just pay fair share fees, however, only IFO members may vote on the IFO contract, run for union office and serve as a delegate for the biennial delegate assembly.  Contact IFO Controller Donna Blake for membership information. 

 

Bemidji State University

Chris Brown

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mary Visser

Metropolitan State University

August Hoffman

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Magda Chalikia

St. Cloud State University

Tom Hergert

Southwest Minnesota State University

Jeff Kolnick

Winona State University

Darrel Downs