At OSU, 18 FT English Lecturers to Foot the Bill for a Dean’s Budget Shortfalls

Update: Shortly after this story was published, OSU officials announced that lecturers’ contracts would be honored through the end of the 2017 academic year. Here is a link to a story about the announcement. On Oct. 25, an OSU spokesman provided a comment in which the college “regretted any confusion” about the possibility of mid-year firings of full-time English Dept. lecturers. 

by P.D. Lesko

The Tweet @AdjunctNation came bright and early at 9 a.m. on Monday October 24, 2016:


Those who responded to the Tweet wondered why Ohio State University’s English Dept. was planning to dismiss 18 of its 28 lecturers. Others on Twitter were perplexed about how OSU’s English Dept. could award full-year contracts to its lecturers and then dismiss the lecturers mid-year. As it turns out, the story behind the proposed dismissal of 18 OSU lecturers teaching in the school’s College of Arts and Sciences can be traced back to 2015 and a $10 million dollar budget deficit and a further $4.6 million deficit that was plugged with cash savings in 2014. The $10 million deficit is 3.75 percent of the college’s annual budget and axing the English Dept. lecturers is expected to save between $500,000-$600,000.

Travis Neel

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