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Collective Bargaining

In April 1980, the Montgomery College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was certified by the State Commissioner of Labor and Industry as the exclusive representative of the Montgomery College full-time faculty for purposes of collective bargaining with the public employer, the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, with respect to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. Faculty members are encouraged to read the Collective Bargaining Agreement for detailed information regarding the terms and conditions of faculty employment.

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Faculty Rank

The following academic rank (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) titles are authorized for full-time College faculty: instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. The assignment of academic rank titles is not associated in any manner with full-time faculty salary placement, advancement on the salary schedule, the award or renewal of contract, hiring preference, or any other conditions of employment.

The following system is used to establish rank:

  • One point is granted for each year of full-time teaching in a college or university.
  • One-half point is allowed for each year of full-time teaching in a secondary school.
  • One-half point is included for each year of professional or industrial experience that is related to the faculty member’s work at the College.
  • Four points are given for an earned doctor’s degree; three for a master’s degree with 30 semester hours of additional work, if the faculty member does not have the doctorate; and two for a master’s degree with fewer than 30 semester hours of additional work.

For purposes of determining initial rank only, no more than one point may be added based upon exceptional achievement in teaching or related professional activities. A written justification of the fractions or point assigned shall be prepared by the department chairperson/designated supervisor and shall accompany the recommendation.

A point sum that is less than six permits the assignment of instructor rank; a minimum point sum of six permits the assignment of an assistant professorship; a minimum point sum of 12 permits the assignment of an associate professorship; and a minimum point sum of 18 permits the rank of full professor.

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Each year, the College president establishes a minimum and a maximum entry salary for new full-time faculty. Salary increases are subject to the collective bargaining process and subsequent approval by the Board of Trustees, and to funding by the Montgomery County Council. Initial salary placement for new full-time faculty is based on teaching experience; nonteaching discipline-related experience; academic preparation, including professional licensure or certification in the related academic discipline; and special qualifications. Deans are responsible for ensuring that the criteria are applied consistently and uniformly to all new faculty members.

For more information about Allocation, Recruitment and Appointment of Full-Time Faculty, please visit: Allocation, Recruitment and Appointment of Full-Time Faculty (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  

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Faculty Workload


Instructional Faculty

In addition to posting and maintaining five office hours per week for student consultation on days approved by management, and otherwise being available for student consultation and performing such other professional duties as management may require, members of the teaching faculty shall be assigned a workload consisting of a standard minimum of 30 equivalent semester hours per academic year. Workload in excess of 32 equivalent semester hours per academic year or 18 equivalent semester hours per academic semester may be assigned by management only with the written consent of the faculty member.

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Counseling Faculty

Counselors shall be responsible for a 40-hour week during the academic year, during which time they shall perform such professional duties that management may assign or approve. The duty days assigned to counselors during an academic year shall be equal in number to the duty days assigned to members of the teaching faculty for that academic year, provided that the dates of such duty days shall be assigned on an individual basis.

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Faculty members are expected to perform a number of professional responsibilities as part of their total professional assignment. Neither reduction in workload credit nor additional compensation is associated with these professional responsibilities.

Instructional Faculty

Teaching and closely related activities are the primary responsibilities of instructional faculty, as noted in the Collective Bargaining Agreementnew window and the evaluation procedures. However, the development of new curricula, programs, and courses; implementation of new pedagogical delivery techniques; service on department, campus, or College committees; participation in student, course, and program outreach activities in the College and the community; the development and implementation of strategies for student success; and professional development are just a few examples of professional responsibilities expected of teaching faculty, and all are vital to student and institutional success. 

Counseling Faculty

Faculty counselors provide developmentally appropriate educational, career, social, and personal counseling to a diverse student population. They provide academic advising, educational planning, transfer advising, and career assessment and planning. They also teach student development courses, provide crisis intervention, and collaborate with the College community to promote the holistic development of the students served at Montgomery College.

Counselors serve day or evening under the direct supervision of the campus dean of student development and perform the following duties:

  • Counsel and advise students seeking information in education, career, and transfer planning; co-curricular activities; personal issues; and crisis intervention, making referrals as necessary.
  • Teach assigned courses in the area of student development, individually and/or within “learning communities,” adhering to all responsibilities as specified for full-time faculty.
  • Counsel and advise prospective students for the purpose of admission and academic planning.
  • Counsel and advise students on issues regarding transition and adjustment to college.
  • Provide educational, advising, career, transfer, and retention programs, as well as intervention strategies, to assist students with attainment of personal and academic goals.
  • Provide service to the College and community through active membership and leadership in unit, campus, Collegewide committees, student committees, and community organizations.
  • Collaborate and consult with the College faculty and staff as appropriate to promote the welfare of students.
  • Use technology as an advising and academic tool.
  • Serve as student advocates within the College community.
  • Maintain professional competency and certification through active membership and leadership in professional associations, attendance and/or presentations at professional development workshops and seminars, and attendance at other professional meetings.
  • Perform other appropriate counseling/teaching responsibilities as assigned by the dean of student development.

Disability Support Servicesnew window faculty counselors are responsible for providing the above-mentioned duties to students with disabilities in addition to the following:

  • Evaluate diagnostic documentation and intake information to determine eligibility for services.
  • Determine and authorize appropriate services and accommodations within the context of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Conduct initial intake interviews and maintain files to include case notes of ongoing contacts.
  • Maintain liaison with the Montgomery County Public Schools, the Department of Rehabilitation Services, and other external agencies and medical/therapeutic providers to share information and referrals for students with disabilities.
  • Develop and present in-service training and activities for faculty/staff about disability-related issues and in what circumstances, and in what situations, an individual with a disability would require special services.

Faculty counselors teach student development courses as assigned and perform the following teaching-related duties:

  • Conduct assigned classes in the area of employment in accordance with the catalog description and the stipulations of the College.
  • Hold every scheduled class, including the final examination (except for emergency situations), for the full scheduled number of minutes in the room assigned by the appropriate administrator.
  • Prepare course syllabi and select textbooks.
  • Teach evening classes as part of regular load when assigned.
  • Maintain standards of teaching worthy of accreditation.
  • Seek out through professional societies, meetings, workshops, and the current literature of the field, the means of improving instruction.
  • Adjust, insofar as possible, teaching methods to student needs.
  • Act as adviser to students in areas assigned by the campus dean of student development on programs of study and curriculum, on other problems that affect success in college, and on course problems.
  • Submit to the campus records office, in accordance with established deadlines, midterm grades on electronic forms and final grade reports at end of semester on electronic forms.
  • Submit to the campus dean of student development or appropriate department chair a copy of the final examination and a copy of the form “Summary of Course Content,” syllabus, or other materials such as reading lists or assignment sheets.
  • Provide opportunity for student consultation on days approved by the dean of student development.
  • Attend all scheduled and special College, campus, and faculty meetings; appropriate professional development activities; and meetings of other groups to which assigned (e.g. department, unit, committees).
  • Serve on campus and College committees. Each individual is expected to accept responsibility for attendance at regular and special meetings and for carrying on a share of the work. All members of a committee are expected to attend each meeting.
  • Act as faculty sponsor or chaperone for student activities, intramural athletic activities, and intercollegiate athletic teams.
  • Keep abreast of College policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Represent the College in various activities and services such as the College Speakers Bureau.
  • Provide the best possible learning environment to the students of the College, spending, in addition to instructional time, a major part of his/her time available to students and colleagues for advising, consulting, and participating in various student and College activities.

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“Alternate time” is the term used to describe the workload credit assigned by the College to instructional faculty members to perform tasks in lieu of teaching responsibilities. These assignments are additional, and do not replace the nonteaching responsibilities that are part of the total professional responsibilities of teaching faculty. For purposes of assigning workload credit for these assignments, one equivalent semester hour is equal to 40 clock hours of such assigned activities, except that faculty assigned to a mathematics center, writing center, or speech and diction center shall receive one equivalent semester hour for each 30 clock hours of such assigned duties.

Performing Arts Alternate Time Activities

Faculty members may be assigned up to three equivalent semester hours alternate time per semester for performing responsibilities associated with the production of performing arts activities. Examples of such responsibilities are director, choreographer, conductor, scenic designer, lighting designer, and production manager.

No individual faculty member may receive more than six equivalent semester hours alternate time per semester for performing arts alternate time activities.

Other Alternate Time Assignments

Within budgeted allocations, the area dean may make other alternate time assignments, at the rate of one equivalent semester hour workload credit for each 40 clock hours of assigned activities including such assigned activities when defined and budgeted by management as advising cadre, instructional improvement, curriculum development, program development, scholarly effort, or special projects equivalent semester hours.

Athletics Coaching

Faculty members may be assigned up to six equivalent semester hours alternate time per semester for performing responsibilities associated with athletics coaching.

A faculty member may be assigned up to six equivalent semester hours alternate time per semester for performing responsibilities associated with the role of campus director of athletics.

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Every scheduled class should be met and taught, whenever possible, even at some inconvenience, inadequate preparation notwithstanding. Classes will be canceled only as a last resort and upon approval of the instructional dean.

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Faculty Benefits

All benefits for full-time faculty and staff are outlined in the Montgomery College Employee Benefits Handbook. For more information, please visit the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management website.



The terms and conditions of employment for full-time faculty are governed by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Agreement and have been clarified in the College’s Instructional Faculty Leave Guidelines (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , revised and approved December 2007. Please refer to the AAUP agreement and the Leave Guidelines for information in reference to annual, sick, and personal leave benefits. 

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Sabbatical leave provides full-time faculty with the opportunity to take time away from the classroom to engage in various types of professional development. Through the sabbatical activities, Montgomery College faculty are able to enhance and diversify their knowledge, skills, and competencies; study and explore the latest trends and best practices in their area of expertise; and, most importantly, apply them in their classrooms and share these enhancements with their students when they return. Sabbaticals are administered through The Center for Professional & Organizational Development of the Office of Human Resources.

Guidelines for sabbatical applications, application materials, and timelines are available on the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management Website.



All full-time faculty and staff have the opportunity to attend off-campus professional meetings as components of their regular workweek. The meetings that they attend must be in the best interest of the College and the employees. Faculty should contact their department or the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management at 240- 567-5353 for additional information.

Professional Development Opportunities

All faculty are invited and encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities, including departmental, campus, and collegewide activities, at the discretion of their department chair or area dean. For more information, please visit the Professional Development Web page

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