Volume 2007 No. 1

Spring, 2007


AAUP Committee Reports

Junior Faculty Committee

Matthew Durington, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice


 The AAUP Junior Faculty Committee (JFC) had a very successful year in continued dialogue over concerns of junior faculty with the Administration by sponsoring two information-sharing forums in the fall of 2006, one in the College of Liberal Arts and one in the Fischer College of Science and Mathematics.  With the departure of Provost Brennan in the spring semester of 2007 the planned activities of the committee took a bit of a detour for the spring semester, nevertheless we had a productive year and acting Provost Jim Clements has made a commitment to continue to meet with us next year.

 During the 2006-2007 academic year, the JFC addressed issues of concern between junior faculty and tenured faculty on campus, promotion and tenure for junior faculty, the topic of university reclassification, how to define faculty roles in the context of the metropolitan university, the role of junior faculty now and in the future at Towson, and the way by which service, teaching and scholarship are gauged during the pre-tenure years.  In seeking to bring clarity to the different layers of promotion and tenure evaluation (from the department level to the administration), the JFC engaged the former provost on the possibility of 3rd year reviews for junior faculty concurrent with the faculty Senate's discussion of this issue.

The AAUP Junior Faculty Committee is actively recruiting junior faculty to serve on the committee for the academic year 2007-2008.  Many first year faculty have agreed to sit on the committee next year, but any pre-tenured faculty are encouraged to join.  During the 2007-2008 academic year, the JCF will host two group meetings each semester for all junior faculty to discuss issues of interest.  At those meetings an agenda will be created for the JFC representatives to present during the once per semester meetings with the provost.  At the first of these meetings in the Fall 2007 JCF members will elect a representative group to meet with the provost.  The JCF seeks to have members sit on the committee for a two-year term to provide continuity on issues and mentor new faculty as they participate in promoting the needs of junior faculty to the Administration, while engaging in dialogue and serving as resources of information for the departments and colleges they represent. 

Thanks to those who served on the AAUP Junior Faculty Committee for the academic year of 2006-2007 and all faculty, administrative staff, and administration who supported our efforts.  If you are interested in joining the AAUP Junior Faculty Committee for next year please contact Matthew Durington at mdurington@towson.edu


Grievance and Mediation Committee

Nicole Dombrowski Risser, History


The Grievance and Mediation Committee is a standing committee of the AAUP / Faculty Association.  It hears faculty allegations of grievances in all campus matters with the exception of those within the jurisdiction of the Promotions and Tenure Committees.  If the committee finds sufficient evidence of a grievance and is unable to resolve the dispute raised by a faculty member, it may recommend that the Faculty Hearing Committee conduct a full hearing, as provided by Senate regulations.

Faculty wishing to file grievances should first contact Professor John McLucas who will then send your grievance to our committee.


Committee W
Ayse Dayi, Women's Studies
, adayi@towson.edu

Leticia Romo, Modern Languages, lromo@towson.edu

Committee W awaits your input and participation
As co-chairs of the Women's Committee of the AAUP at Towson, we would like to work on various issues of concern to women faculty, whether in tenured, tenure-track, lecturer or adjunct positions.  Such issues might include discrimination in salary compensation; treatment by colleagues (both male and female faculty) as well as students; promotion and tenure; teaching and research opportunities; mentoring of women faculty; promotion of women of color and international women faculty; child care concerns; and, equality in benefits for lesbian and bisexual faculty.  We would also like to think of ways to celebrate and make visible the accomplishments of Towson University's female faculty.  We invite you to join us in determining the issues of significance to women on our campus and then work on them together.  Please email Leticia and me to give your input for issues to address and hopefully join this sub-committee.  It is a great way to do service to the university, as we work to improve the situation for women faculty on Towson’s campus.


Committee on Contingent and Part-Time Faculty

Susanna Sayre, English, ssayre@towson.edu 

In December 2006, the AAUP released a report noting the nationwide trend toward hiring contingent and part-time faculty.  One week later, the plight of Towson University lecturers appeared as front page news in the Baltimore Sun.  In “Perks Denied to USM Staff,” (Dec. 17) reporter Gadi Dechter described lecturers as “an expanding second tier of faculty who make up about a third of the full-time instructional workforce: semi-permanent contractual employees who are neither part-time adjuncts nor traditional professors.”  In the USM system, Dechter wrote, the only campuses that fail to provide full benefits to lecturers are the former state teacher’s colleges, including Towson and Coppin, both in the Baltimore area.  The following week (Dec. 20), the Sun’s lead editorial called on the Board of Regents to provide benefits to lecturers: “Maryland’s public universities can’t be considered truly first class when the lack of basic benefits makes full-time employees second-class citizens on campus.”  Letters to the editor followed the next day, with one writer calling it a ‘sad state of affairs’ when lecturers are not compensated well compared to “grossly overpaid” athletic coaches.   

On April 13, the Board of Regents approved a policy requiring all USM colleges to provide individual health coverage to all full-time lecturers, at which time the Board also addressed retirement benefits.  Starting in the fall 2008, lecturers with a decade of continuous service will receive retirement benefits comparable to regular state employees.  In the fall 2009, those employed for at least six years will receive retirement benefits. In an interview with the Sun’s Gadi Dechter on April 14, David Parker, chairman of the Council of University System Faculty, called the Regents’ decision a “good start,” but also suggested that a better solution would be to convert all full-time lecturers to regular state employees just “as they are at the University of Maryland, College Park and other campuses.”


The Sun's “Lecturers to get benefits” can be found at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-md.regents14apr14,1,6398639.story


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