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Faculty FAQs

Q: How much are faculty paid?

A: Both full-time and adjunct faculty are paid using a formula of hourly rate of pay multiplied by a term multiplier of 2.125, multiplied by the number of students. Full-time faculty rate of pay is based on current overload rate. Adjunct faculty hourly rate varies from person to person. Sample calculation based on 10 students:

Rate of Pay Term Multiplier Sub Total # of Students Final Pay
$70.91 2.125 $150.68 10 $1,506.83

Faculty are also reimbursed mileage for the mandatory employer site visit. Request for reimbursement is submitted to the Dean of Internships and paid out of the CWEE budget. The mileage is based on a starting location of 26455 Rockwell Canyon, 91355.

Q: How does CWEE factor into full time faculty teaching load?

A: Teaching a CWEE section has no TLU value for full-time faculty, the rate of pay is at the overload rate using the aforementioned formula.

Q: Does CWEE factor into an adjunct faculty teaching load?

A: Yes. Teaching a CWEE section does have TLU value for adjunct faculty and counts towards your maximum allowed teaching load.

Q: How does a full-time faculty member begin teaching a CWEE section?

A: Faculty should make their desire known to the CWEE Department Chair. The CWEE Department Chair will meet to ensure faculty are aware of the responsibilities and caveats such as standard syllabus driven by title 5, required training, and site visits.

  • Academic Affairs and the CWEE Department Chair will make the final decision on assignments.
  • Once approved, faculty will receive an email to move forward with training.
  • Once training is complete, faculty will be assigned to a section for an upcoming semester as needed.

Q: What is the required CWEE training?

A: Full-time faculty must satisfy the same training required of adjunct faculty. Faculty can expect to spend at least 3 hours for training or more depending on the location of the site visit. Following is a sample training outline though this may adjust as policies evolve.

A review of the Objectives, Intent, and Philosophy of the CWEE Program:

  • Mission statement
  • All relevant Title 5 sections
  • Curriculum – Standard Syllabus
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Student handbook
  • An orientation on CWEE administrative procedures
  • Administrative functions and processes including Canvas
  • Implementation of FERPA
  • Grading rubrics, final grade sheet, and other program forms
  • A “job shadow” of a current CWEE faculty member. The prospective faculty member will participate, as an observer, in the following activities.
    • A meeting between a student and his/her faculty advisor (these meetings are required by Title 5 for faculty members to review and approve measurable on‐the‐job learning objectives/workplace projects). This is executed at the class meeting time.
    • A worksite visit held by a CWEE faculty member and a student’s workplace supervisor (Required by Title 5 for a faculty member to assess a student’s job‐related educational growth)

Q: Are faculty paid for the training?

A: No. Similar to the training required to teach Distance Learning, faculty are not paid for training time. However, faculty completing training are eligible to receive 3 hours of FLEX Credit.

Q: How or when do faculty sign up for training?

A: Faculty will make arrangements with the CWEE Department Chair. Faculty will work with the CWEE Department Chair to establish the employer availability for the site visit shadow. The administrative and curriculum training can be done on a separate day but within a reasonable time determined by the CWEE Department Chair.

Q: When does the CWEE class section meet?

A: The class meets a single time about two weeks after the start of a sixteen week semester. Short term sections are offered in March and October as students secure internships mid semester.

Q: Is there a CWEE department retreat?

A: Yes. CWEE faculty meet during FLEX week or the week after to review assignments, make recommendations for changes, address student issues unique to internships, and SLO data collection.

Q: What is required of me to teach a CWEE section?

A: All CWEE Faculty are required to complete the following:

  • Conduct the one-time class session where you will consult with each student on their educational growth on the job by establishing a Workplace Project.
  • Consult in-person with employer and student at the internship site to discuss students educational growth on-the-job and approving a Workplace Project average meeting 15 to 30 minutes plus commute time
  • Maintain all required records and submit grades.
  • Communicate with students via email (ongoing throughout semester)
  • Grade coursework/record keeping

Q: Is there a textbook required?

A: No. There is a Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) Handbook that is updated each semester and is used in lieu of a textbook.

  • The CWEE Handbook includes general information about the course, detailed instructions for assignments, campus resources and copies of required documents.
  • The CWEE Curricular Coordinator orders copies of the handbook each semester which are stored in the Internship Office.

Q: Do I need a syllabus?

A: Yes. The CWEE Curricular Coordinator creates a standardized CWEE syllabus which is shared with all CWEE Faculty. Faculty are able to add information to the document if they choose.

Q: Do I have to provide office hours?

A: Yes. However, if you do not teach other on-campus courses at COC, you may hold electronic communication office hours.

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: The time commitment will vary depending on the number of sections, students and sessions you are teaching.

You will be expected to:

  • Conduct at least one class session.
  • Conduct in-person job site visits for each student.

Q: What is a site visit?

A: CWEE Faculty are required to conduct an in-person consultation for each student per Title 5 of the California Community Colleges Education Code. The purpose of the visit is to discuss and approve a Workplace Project for the student and address any questions/concerns the employer may have about the CWEE-186, CWE-188 or CWEE-189 course. Faculty are encouraged to discuss the benefits of hosting an internship and to develop partnerships with the employers.

Q: How many hours does the CWEE class meet?

A: The one-time class meeting is held for two hours on the Valencia campus. All students must attend the class meeting in order to participate in the CWEE course.

Q: Do I get reimbursed for the site visit?

A: Faculty submit a request for mileage and parking reimbursement to the Dean of Career Technical Education, Harriet Happel.

A Mileage in Connection Form can be found on the intranet under "Fiscal Services" in the "Office Directory."

Q: How do I grade?

A: Coursework is graded directly on Canvas. Faculty submit final course grades through MyCanyons at the end of the term according to deadlines set by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Q: Can I use an intern in my department?

A: Faculty may use an intern in their department with the approval of the Department Chair and final approval by the Dean of Career Services and Special Programs, Gina Bogna, to ensure the opportunity is in accordance with labor laws. Faculty wishing to use an intern in their class would serve as an employer and must follow the guidelines set for all employers. Look to the Employer link on the Internship website for more on this topic. 

Q: If I use an intern in my department, does the Internship Department pay the intern?

A: No. If you choose to provide a paid internship, the department or employer will fund the internship from its budget.