ERIC Number: ED335687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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What Is Our Place? A Survey of the Roles of Lecturers at One University.
Jones, Ginny Pompei
A survey examined the attitudes of lecturers in the English department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in an attempt to better define the role of the lecturer in the department. Twelve responses were received from 13 full and part-time lecturers. Results indicated that: (1) most favored a committee appointed by the chair using written guidelines to decide on hiring, monitoring, and terminating or converting lecturers; (2) all agreed that teaching should be the chief basis for evaluation; (3) the majority believed that lecturers should not teach a four-course load mainly comprised of composition classes; (4) all agreed that lecturers should continue to have a voice in deciding policy and hiring for tenure-track positions; and (5) 11 favored using written guidelines for hiring and defining job expectations, an orientation, and a mentoring system. Findings suggest that the present political and economic situation has created an underclass--above average in talent, intelligence, and dedication--of people who must lead not only mobile, but nomadic lifestyles and that it will take a concerted effort to unite lecturers and tenure-track faculty to convince administrators that this situation can and must be altered for the benefit of all students and faculty. (The survey instrument is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Lecturers; Teacher Surveys; University of North Carolina Wilmington
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).