After the initial semester of hire, adjuncts request work by completing an online Notice of Reasonable Assurance (NORA) form.
- The (NORA) form is submitted online by adjuncts to request assignments and indicate their availability for work in the upcoming semesters. Seniority lists are created each semester in the office of adjunct services based on these online NORA submissions.
- If an adjunct does not submit their NORA by the deadline posted by the college, their name will not appear on the seniority list for that semester. Thus, an adjunct failing to submit a timely NORA will not receive an assignment until every other adjunct on the list has been assigned the contractual maximum number of contact hours they have requested.
Each adjunct may work a maximum of 24 contact hours (9 contact hours/semester) during the academic year (fall, spring, summer/wintersession). Wintersession and summer are considered one term, so if an adjunct works during the wintersession, they go to the bottom of the seniority list for the first summer sesssion.
Adjunct assignments at SCCC are determined by five factors: 1) number of sections offered by the college, 2) adjunct certifications, 3) adjunct seniority, 4) adjunct availabilities and 5) adjunct campus preferences. Seniority is based first upon the number of semesters worked at SCCC and then upon the number of credit/contact hours worked.
When completing the NORA form, adjuncts are asked to identify their interest in working during the upcoming semester, the days and times they are available for an assignment, and their first/second/third choice of campus. All of these factors, in addition to their official certifications and college-wide seniority status, affect which assignments they may be offered.
Other items to keep in mind:
- The FA contract gives adjuncts the right to an assignment, not one particular/preferred course or assignment (based on day, time, subject matter, etc.). The college’s obligation is met when an adjunct is offered assignments that fall within the adjunct's certifications and seniority standing as well as their stated NORA availabilities and campus preferences.
- Adjunct seniority is college wide, which means campus preference does not trump college-wide seniority. For example, say you are an A list adjunct and you select Ammerman as your first choice and Grant as your second choice. If Ammerman doesn’t have an assignment to offer you, you should receive an assignment at Grant before anyone junior to you does—again, taking into consideration your certifications and NORA availabilities.
- The college may limit the assignment of an adjunct hired after 9/15/84 to one assignment or 3 contact hours, whichever is greater, for the first three semesters after the adjunct is initially hired.
A List and B List
The seniority lists at SCCC are divided into an A list and a B list.
- All adjuncts hired prior to September 1, 2006, are on the A list and are offered up to a full complement of courses/credit hours they have requested.
- Individuals hired after September 1, 2006, are on the B list and are offered course work as the need arises. After three semesters of work, a B-list adjunct will be added to the bottom of the A list.
These lists were negotiated in the 2005 contract when so many adjuncts were being hired, the most senior adjuncts weren't receiving multiple assignments due to a clause in our contract that says everyone gets one assignment before anyone gets two, and everyone gets two assignments before anyone gets three. To be fair to our most senior faculty, the A and B list methods were negotiated by the college and the FA.