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WHAT IS FLEX?
Nearly all faculty in Continuing Education have professional development (flex) obligations. Flex is a large part of our professional development program and consists of between 150 and 175 workshops annually and other activities including online courses and reflection opportunities (blogging). These workshops are currently printed in a flex booklet that is distributed in May for the fall activities and November for the spring activities. As a cost saving measure, we are now distributing an online book only with a few paper booklets available in strategic places throughout the CEC campus. We do these activities without a substantial budget and rely on faculty expertise to offer appropriate and interesting activities. We do sometimes have one or two paid presenters including keynotes when the budget permits.
For Fall Flex, faculty are to complete 1.5 hours times their fall weekly assignment. Therefore if an instructor has a 12-hour assignment, he or she must do 18 hours of flex. For Spring Flex, obligation hours are calculated the same as Fall Flex except three days are used in the calculations as designated by the approved academic calendar. A few teachers are exempt from doing flex. Since flex is calculated as “in lieu of” instruction for the first week of the semester, instructors who are already teaching during flex week, do not do flex unless they are released per their administrator. Also, instructors who receive their assignments after the first week of flex do not have an obligation because they did not have an assignment during the week for which the state reimburses teachers.
Faculty paychecks reflect the number of hours instructors would have taught had they taught during the week and not the number of hours they attended workshops. For example, a faculty members who do 18 hours of flex activities will see 12 hours, but at the instructional rate, on their paycheck. Instructors are only paid once they have attended activities. They have until December 1 to complete fall semester activities and May 1 to complete spring semester activities.
Flex questions can be addressed below and we encourage it so others with the same questions may see the responses or email Rob Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about flex workshops and policy. Email Maureen Saunders (email@example.com) for questions about your agreement and activities you have attended.
1. Do I have to do all my flex commitment during flex week?
Answer: No, you have until the December 1 in fall and May 1 in spring. However, it will be easier for you to complete it in August and you will be paid sooner.
2. Is this agreement and my commitment for the year or for the semester?
Answer: It is for the each semester.
3. Why does my pay for flex week reflect a different number of hours than hours I attended?
Answer: Flex pay is calculated as if you taught for the week of flex. You are paid at your teaching rate for the hours you would have taught. You do more hours during flex because you are attending and not teaching. The rate is different, but the state requires that you are paid as if teaching. Your pay at the higher rate (fewer hours: teaching) is equivalent to your pay at the lower rate (more hours: flex).
4. How do you know if I have met my commitment?
Answer: Be sure to sign in for every activity. If you forget, we will have no proof that you attended. This includes presenters; however, we will give presenters credit if we catch it. You will receive a monthly status report from the faculty development office indicating your obligation status until you have completed flex based on the sign-in sheets. You can monitor your progress on the Continuing Education Flex Online Management System (CEFOMS) accessible through your webadvisor account.
5. Will I be paid for additional activities over my in-lieu-of-hours?
Answer: No, sorry there are no funds to pay people to attend extra workshops.
6. I still don’t get it. Who can I talk to?
Answer: email Rob Jenkins: Jenkins_rob@sac.edu.