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ERIC Number: ED360642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Lectureships at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Merrill, Robert
At the University of Nevada, Reno, lectureships developed out of a serious problem of staffing freshman composition. Almost all students take two semesters of freshman English, and in the late l970's, when the ability to staff these courses became severely limited, the new freshman sections were staffed by temporary faculty identified as lecturers. During the early 80's lecturers taught only composition and occupied temporary low-paying positions. In the mid l980's the lectureships were moved into the regular university budget. The people occupying these positions, as opposed to earlier versions, were selected in a national search. Lecturers were hired for a 3 year probationary period and if they were judged to be excellent in teaching and otherwise satisfactory, they were offered revolving 3-year contracts as a substitution for tenure. Since 1986 a number of changes have redefined the positions. Salaries were increased and lecturers were allowed to teach one literature course per semester. Recent schedule changes have produced a very different kind of position from the one first created. Today lecturers have become the most flexible participants in the overall schedule, teaching in a variety of programs: freshman composition, technical writing, the Honors program, the PACE program, and all levels of the English literature program except graduate courses. In the future, lecturers will remain crucial to administering as well as teaching the composition program and will remain only slightly less crucial to the other programs cited above. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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