Faculty Senate Leaders Add Positions For Non-Tenured Colleagues
The Faculty Senate at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas unanimously passed a proposal that would create two new positions on the governing body to represent contingent faculty—part time faculty including one-year appointments and adjuncts. Adjunct faculty have traditionally been shut out of faculty senates at their colleges and universities while their full-time colleagues debate whether adjuncts should be permitted to collectively bargaining or have tenure.
“We are shooting for something right now and eventually we hope to have more representative numbers,” Kelly Mendiola, chair of the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Adjuncts, said. “Ideally, eventually there will be representatives for each school.”
This proposal is one of three that the Ad Hoc Committee on Adjuncts has drafted this semester in light of the administration’s decision in the fall to enforce the Faculty Manual in a new way, which limited adjunct faculty to six hours a semester. Previously, adjuncts could teach nine hours.
That decision “was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Mendiola said. “No one has been brave enough to address these issues until now.” Mendiola is now an associate professor of English Writing and Rhetoric, but she started teaching at St. Edward’s in 2002 as
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