Provost’s Guidelines on Stipend Teaching (PDAD&C #11)

PDAD&C #11, 2001-2002


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: Adel Sedra, Vice-President and Provost
Date: August 27, 2001

Re: Provost’s Guidelines on Stipend Teaching
NB: Revised Guidelines have been issued March 8, 2002, as PDAD&C #40 (q.v.).


A stipendiary instructor is someone hired to teach a credit course in a degree program at the University of Toronto, and paid a stipend to do so. The stipend does not include benefits.

A part-time appointment is an academic appointment, at the appropriate rank, of 74% FTE or less under the Policy on Part-time Academic Staff.

A sessional appointment is an academic appointment under the Policy on Part-time Academic Staff, which is either full or part-time for less than twelve months, normally from September to April.


  1. A stipendiary instructor may not be hired for more than three academic years in succession without decanal approval.
  2. No one may be hired to teach more than one full-course equivalent in an academic year unless they are appointed as a part-time or sessional faculty member at an appropriate rank, at an appropriate FTE percentage that reflects the full-course equivalent load. Calculation of the FTE percentage per course should recognize that those hired to teach occasional courses do not have the normal administrative or research duties of regularly appointed academics. The suggested minimum FTE percentage for a full course is 20%.
  3. Those appointed part-time may not be hired on a stipendiary basis to do additional teaching or other work. Those who take on additional assignments should have their FTE percentage increased to reflect the additional load. Full-time sessional appointees should not be hired on a stipendiary basis during the period in which they are not employed by the University. Sessional teaching staff who assume additional teaching or other assignments must have their FTE percentage or their period of employment increased accordingly.
  4. Where teaching is done in more than one academic unit, the faculty member should disclose this so that the University may adjust the FTE percentage in the home unit, with cost recovery from the unit where additional duties are performed.
  5. Sessional appointees of 25% or more and part-time appointees are eligible for benefits with the University share of the benefits being paid on a pro-rated basis. Sessional appointees who are to be re-appointed may purchase benefits during the months between appointments by paying the full cost of the benefits for those months.