Faculty Exchange/Borrow

Faculty exchange or borrow affords a number of advantages to a faculty participant, including the chance to get to know colleagues and students at another campus and to experience teaching at a different institution. From an institutional perspective, faculty exchange enables departments to enrich their curricular options by drawing on expertise from the other campuses, as well as to address temporary staffing needs.

There are three types of faculty exchange/borrow:

  • Overload Borrow, in which the faculty member borrowed teaches a course at the borrowing institution as an overload and is compensated for that extra teaching.
  • Released-Time Borrow, in which a course is taught by the borrowed faculty member as part of the normal full-time teaching load. The lending campus may or may not be reimbursed depending on the agreement.
  • Straight Exchange, in which faculty members and their courses are exchanged between two departments on different campuses, resulting in no change in either faculty member's course load.

Starting the Process

Initial exploration of an arrangement begins with a conversation between the borrowing department head and the faculty member. See instructions for the full details of the approval process.

An application for approval of an exchange is initiated by the faculty member and must be evaluated by the department chairs and approved by deans or provosts at the lending and borrowing institutions. The amount of compensation, if any, should be accepted by all parties in advance of applying. 

View the instructions for a Five College Faculty Exchange or Faculty Borrow

View a list of deans or provosts to contact for Five College Faculty Exchange or Faculty Borrow Approvals

>> Go to the online faculty exchange/borrow application portal (To access the application form, you will need to log in using your home campus username and password. If you are logging in to this website for the first time, you may need to wait up to one hour before you can access the form.)

For more information, contact Rebecca Thomas, (413) 542-4023.