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ERIC Number: ED359545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 7
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The Reno Lectureships and the CCCC Statement: Are They Wearing White Hats in Nevada?
Dupree, Ellen
The situation of the lecturers in the English Department at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) is relevant to discussions of the conference on College Composition and Communication's Statement of Principles and Standards for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing. A "second-tier" solution was implemented in 1981, and in 1993 the department consisted of 20 tenure-track faculty and a second tier of 9 lecturers. The department also has a fairly stable group of part-time instructors, hired on a semester basis. The lecturers have 3-year wrap around contract, benefits, and voting rights of regular faculty members except those regarding tenure issues. As the lecturers participate in department and university governance, they find themselves frustratingly both inside and outside the system: they are told that they have all the rights of faculty members, yet everyone knows that they belong to a group which is at a distinct disadvantage. Recently, lecturers were told that there was no money for mandatory raises, the State Board of Regents announced its intention to eliminate multiple-year contracts, and department needs dictate that they teach only literature courses. Situations such as that at UNR should not be accepted as alternative models but as temporary, transitional arrangements. The solution lies in replacing the single model of the research professor with various models based on the needs of the university in the 1990s. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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