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ERIC Number: ED353601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-21
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Non-Tenure Track Positions in Writing Programs: A Narrative of One.
Hillman, Linda
The freshmen writing faculty at DePaul University (Illinois) was comprised of 10 female non-tenure track instructors in the spring term of 1990. The core program for freshmen taking the introductory writing course pairs the English course with a history course, thus combining a study of civilization with a study of writing and rhetoric, and requiring a great deal of commitment and preparation for the instructors. A department policy was instituted in 1989 establishing that instructors hired on yearly, non-tenure contracts could only renew those contracts for 4 years. Considering the workload of the freshmen writing instructors, this announcement that they were dispensable was worrisome and discouraging. Meetings between the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the instructors resulted in three options presented to the dean for his consideration. The dean praised the instructors for their commitment and was willing to make them aware of any academic professional openings. But within the English department, some hostility was expressed by tenured faculty. The instructors' departmental voting rights were revoked. The conclusion of the 10 instructors is that tenure is a bogus and hurtful system. What really counts for teachers is the experience of being in the classroom with the students, an experience that cannot be supplied by a doctorate degree alone. (A post-script dated March 1993, reflecting changes since the paper's publication, is attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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