Very Frustrated but Fearful


This past week, we received “over the transom” the following e-mail from a non-tenure-eligible full-time faculty member. I am reprinting it with his permission but with all identifying details removed. I think that the e-mail itself conveys the predicament of these faculty more pointedly than any paraphrase and comment that I might provide.


I am attaching a form that my supervisor sent out this last week. I work at ____________ University.  I am a lecturer in the ____________ department.

We work a yearly contract and can be terminated at the end of any academic year and our supervisors do not have to state cause.  We sign our letters of appointment in early summer. So, basically, [the university is] instituting a new assessment procedure mid-year. The assessment mirrors that of tenure track faculty rather than my job description (which concerns teaching and advising, not publishing and service to the university). An…

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