By Brittany Clingen
Phoenix, Arizona: Non-tenured, associate faculty members at Arizona State University were notified that they may not teach more than six credit hours, or two general-education courses, per semester, effective fall 2013. According to ASU spokeswoman Sharon Keeler, the reason for the cut is to clearly identify which faculty members are full-time and which are employed on a part-time basis. "One way ASU is responding to the Affordable Care Act is by becoming more consistent in its use of job titles for fixed-term faculty members and academic associates,” Keeler said. The primary component of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in January 2015, at which time employers will be required to provide health insurance to employees who work an average of 30 hours or more each week. Keeler explained that ASU is entering a legally required "baseline monitoring period," hence the early onset of reduced faculty hours. Full-time professors will take on extra classes so students are not faced with fewer course options. It is not currently known how many part-time faculty members will be affected by the mandatory decrease in hours.