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Getting Started

If this is your first time as a part time faculty member at the University of Hartford, there are some important things you need to know.

The University has a "one-stop" information session for all part-time faculty, offered at the beginning of each semester. At this session, part-time faculty members receive university ID cards, e-mail accounts, and a variety of other services. Interested part-time faculty members should contact R.J. McGivney at 768.4401 or at

if you miss these sessions, or need a refresher, this section of the Part-Time Faculty website will help you.

Your contract

There are three kinds of contracts used for part-time faculty members: F3 (most common), F4, and G3.

  • F3 Contracts are used for part-time faculty only when the unit has confidence that sufficient courses/sections will be available for both the fall and spring semesters, typically at least two courses per semester, usually involving a payment of a minimum of $5,000 per semester or $10,000 per academic year. Part-time faculty with F3 contracts are paid every two weeks. These contracts should be offered at the beginning of the academic year for both the fall and spring semesters.
  • F4 Contracts are the most frequently used part-time teaching contract and are typically used for part-time faculty teaching one or two courses per semester. Part-time faculty with F4 contracts are paid every two weeks during a fall or spring semester.
  • G3 Contracts are for part-time faculty working more than 1,000 hours per year. After one year of work, G3 faculty are eligible for TIAA-CREF benefits. Contact the Human Resources Development for further information on benefits for G3s. (Note: G3 contracts must be approved by both the College Dean and the Provost. Approval of needed funds must be secured prior to offering the contract).

Below is a chart that indicates teaching load rules for the three part-time faculty contracts discussed above.  Please note that the chart includes rules for semesters or terms, an academic year, and annual maxima for each contract type. ("Annual" is defined as beginning with the fall semester and ending with the end of the second summer session.)


Annual Maximum

Academic Year

(Fall and Spring only)


Term* Maximum



6 courses/sections

5 courses/sections maximum

9 credits maximum

1 term course


6 courses/sections

5 courses/sections maximum

9 credits maximum

1 term course


8 courses/sections

6 courses/sections maximum and 5 courses minimum

11 credits maximum and 8 credits minimum

1 term course

*A term course is defined as a course eight weeks or shorter, such as those that might typically be taught during Winterterm, Summerterm, and Academic Express.

While teaching at these maxima, part-time faculty can have no other part-time
employment at the University of Hartford. Directors and chairs who wish to employ part-time faculty members who are (or plan to be) working in other capacities at the University must seek approval from their direct supervisor and/or dean and the provost before employing those individuals to teach courses.