Position Paper Tenure Versus Non-Tenure

991 WordsMar 11, 20104 Pages
Tenure vs. Nontenure: Two Tracks Diverge In tough economic times, the number of nontenure-track faculty is rising. What are the implications of this trend? By Mike Wright In the faculty world, tenure is good. It's seen as an almost sacred concept that leads to the highest-quality instruction, ground-breaking research, and institutional loyalty in the nation's colleges and universities. The trend over the last decade, however, is an increase in nontenure-track faculty on campuses across the country. This comes as enrollments continue to set records and economically troubled times strain resources. Between 1992 and 1998, according to figures from the American Council on Education, across all institutions of higher learning in…show more content…
Appointments are full time and on a continuing basis (three- to five-year contracts). Acting, adjunct, and visiting faculty: These terms may modify titles in any appointment classification, but constitute a distinct nontenured appointment classification. Acting appointment: Indicates a temporary appointment with the understanding that when a specified condition is met (for example, when a degree is completed), the appointee will receive a regular appointment. Acting appointments may not continue for longer than two years, except in special circumstances. Adjunct faculty: Whether compensated or volunteer, an adjunct faculty member has a career primarily in another position or employment. Appointments are part time and renewable annually, as needed. Adjuncts usually contribute specialized teaching or service. Visiting appointment: Temporary appointments may continue for no longer than two years, except under special circumstances. Visiting appointees are required to have the qualifications appropriate to the classification. These are often short-term, fill-in appointments (e.g., replacements for faculty on leave). Part-time faculty: This is no longer an appointment classification. Since 2001, it is a descriptive term indicating that the appointee is in less than a full-time equivalent position. Some part-time faculty appointed prior to 2001 still carry professorial titles but remain ineligible for tenure. "We felt that
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