Lecturer Faculty

As a Lecturer Faculty, your teaching role is pivotal to addressing our University’s mission to lead, create and innovate. You play an important role in inspiring and stimulating the intellectual development of our students. We recognize your contributions to our campus community. The following are helpful resources for you. 

Please note, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development provides the following information for Lecturer Faculty only as a reference point. All Lecturer Faculty should contact their respective Colleges for all important information and processes. The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is not responsible for the hiring, management nor distribution of benefits for Lecturer Faculty. 

Human Resources: Lecturer Faculty Benefits Information: 

As an employee of the California State University (CSU), you have a comprehensive program of health benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible benefits programs and more available to you and, in many instances, your family. Please note important information on benefits.

FAQs for Lecturer Faculty

Lecturer Faculty: The California State University (CSU) system classifies all of the following as "Lecturers": part-time faculty, temporary faculty, lecturers and adjunct faculty.

Lecturer Faculty are faculty who have term appointments that range from one quarter or semester to several years in length and that are usually conditional on budget and enrollment. Lecturer Faculty usually fulfill a primary appointment of teaching and are not expected to contribute to service or research, scholarship, or creative activities. Typically, an advanced, post-baccalaureate degree is required for lecturer faculty positions.

  • Lecturers also have the right to receive Service Salary Increases (SSIs) after teaching 24 Weighted Teaching Units (WTUs) in the semester system or 36 WTUs in the quarter system in the same department or unit (when SSIs are negotiated) up to the SSI maximum for their range (Lecturer A, B, C, D). The CFA and CSU shall determine SSI salary adjustments during annual negotiations. 
  • Lecturers who have been in their range for five years and are at the SSI maximum for that range are eligible to apply for a Range Elevation, that is, to move from Range A to B, B to C or C to D.
  • Lecturers possessing terminal degrees appropriate for teaching in the discipline must be appointed in Range B or higher.  

Other Info: Senate's Principles Concerning Lecturer Faculty: https://senate.sfsu.edu/pro/lecturer-faculty

 

Temporary Faculty (Lecturer Faculty): Temporary faculty are designated as lecturers regardless of salary level.

  • Lecturer appointments can be full-time or part-time.
  • Appointments are made by an academic unit (department, program or equivalent unit) based on program need, for instance, to replace tenured/tenure-track faculty on leave; to fill a temporary need; to meet ongoing programmatic needs and so on. For more information, please visit Academic Senate lecturer faculty website.
  • An employee must be appointed at least half-time (equivalent to 7.5 Weighted Teaching Units for academic year appointments) for more than six months, or;
  • If employed in an R03 Lecturer or Coach Academic Year position, the employee must be appointed for at least six (6) weighted teaching units for at least one semester, or two or more consecutive quarter terms.
  • Qualifying appointments may be either permanent or temporary. 
  • Employment at half-time or more for one year or more is covered by CalPERS retirement membership immediately upon appointment of the employee. (Government Code 20305(2))
  • Employment with a term of full-time continuous employment in excess of six months is covered by CalPERS retirement membership immediately upon appointment. In addition, shorter duration full-time temporary employment, which is extended to continue beyond six months is covered at the beginning of the first pay period following the completion of 125 days or 1,000 hours of service. (Government Code 20305(3)(A))
  • Part-time or intermittent employment exceeding 125 days (if paid on a per diem basis) or 1,000 hours within a fiscal year is covered by CalPERS retirement membership effective the beginning of the first pay period following the completion of 125 days or 1,000 hours of service. (Government Code 20305(3)(B))
  • Temporary faculty who work two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters at half time or more qualify for CalPERS membership effective with the start of the next consecutive semester or quarter if that appointment requires service of half-time or more. (Government Code 20305(4))

Lecturers who have been in their range for five years and are at the SSI maximum for that range are eligible to apply for a Range Elevation, that is, to move from Range A to B, B to C or C to D.  Faculty Affairs will notify eligible lecturers and will facilitate the process using the Interfolio system. 

Lecturers submit documents in Interfolio. The guide provides an overview of how to upload and submit materials. 

At all times:

First assign work to tenured and probationary faculty members, including participants in FERP and PRTB. Also assign work as appropriate to administrators, teaching associates, other student employees, and/or volunteer faculty. Then assign work to temporary faculty using the following priorities.

Beginning of the academic year

  1. Three-year full-time appointees
  2. Continuing multi-year full-time appointees**
  3. Three-year part-time appointees; up to the time base of their entitlement
  4. Individuals who were eligible to be re-appointed for three years, but did not receive an appointment because of lack of available work, who were then placed on a “Recall” list (see article 38.48)
  5. Continuing multi-year part-time appointees (not three year appointees) up to the time base entitlement**
  6. Visiting Faculty
  7. Give “careful consideration” to all part-time and full-time temporary faculty employed in the prior academic year. Temporary faculty in this group may be appointed in any order. (a) Those with rights under article 12.3 (2 consecutive semesters of employment in the prior year), if appointed shall receive a one-year contract, for same time base as prior year if work is available that they are qualified to teach; (b) Those with no provision rights under 12.3 can be appointed to any time base or term
  8. Any remaining work is “new or additional work ”and is offered as follows: (a) Offer to 3-year part-time appointees up to and including 1.0 time base. In the event the department has a need to assign work for which a temporary part-time faculty with a one year appointment is objectively determined to be demonstrably better qualified, the one year appointee may be assigned the work; (b) Next offer work to all other part-time temporary faculty holding a one year appointment up to full-time; (c) Last, offer work to any other qualified candidate

During the Academic Year

  1. Three-year full-time appointees
  2. Continuing multi-year full-time appointees**
  3. Three-year part-time appointees; up to the time base of their entitlement
  4. Individuals who were eligible to be re-appointed for three years, but did not receive an appointment because of lack of available work who were then placed on a “Recall” list (see article 38.48)
  5. One-year full-time appointees. Where, as a consequence of following the order of assignment in 12.29.b 1-4, there is insufficient work for which the individual is qualified to support a full-time assignment, the partial or complete reduction in time base of a continuing one-year full-time appointee does not require the layoff of the employee pursuant to Article 38
  6. Next, offer work to continuing one-year and multi-year (not three-year under provisions 12.12 and 12.13) part-time appointees up to their time base entitlement.
  7. Visiting Faculty
  8. Give “careful consideration” to all part-time and full-time temporary faculty with no one-year or multi-year appointment, who were employed in the current or prior academic year. Can appoint anyone in this group, in any order, to any time base or term.
  9. Any remaining work is “new or additional work” and is offered as follows:(a) Offer to 3-year part-time appointees up to and including 1.0 time base. In the event the department has a need to assign work for which a temporary part-time faculty with a one-year appointment is objectively determined to be demonstrably better qualified, the one year appointee may be assigned the work; (b) Next offer work to all other part-time temporary faculty holding a one-year appointment up to full-time; (c) Last, offer work to any other qualified candidate

**To qualify as a full or part-time multi-year appointee, a lecturer must have been appointed for more than one year at the time of the initial appointment. This is generally done as a result of a recruitment that specifies this option and is not a usual practice. Note: a recruitment that specifies the “possibility of reappointment” does not fall into this category.

For more information on all benefits details for Lecturer Faculty, please contact your respective College and SF State's Human Resources