ERIC Number: ED343129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-19
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Making the Wyoming Resolution a Reality: A 1992 Progress Report from Kentucky.
Lalicker, William B.
Kentucky's college and university composition programs have begun to deal with the issues of equity and quality for graduate teaching assistants and part-time faculty. Survey questionnaires were sent to writing program administrators at 40 of the Commonwealth's public and private institutions. Results indicated that composition and rhetoric teaching get a high degree of respect at the institutions, at least in lip service provided by the individuals answering the surveys. However, a large diversity in the treatment of part-time faculty, especially concerning pay range, was noted. Most respondents agreed that no English faculty members should teach more than 60 writing students in a term, and that pay for part-time faculty should not be less than 75% of the compensation for comparable full-time duties. Responses revealed that per-course compensation and class size vary widely in Kentucky. It was clear that teachers at two-year colleges were doing more work for less pay in more difficult conditions. A presentation of the survey results to the Kentucky Philological Association, an English professors' group, has produced moves toward better pay, job stability, and political influence for part-time teachers. Such surveys can help provide the impetus for real improvement in composition program principles and standards. (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky