Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Do your non-tenure-track legal writing professors have these protections?

A recent report from the AAUP makes the following recommendations for non-tenure-track faculty (as reported in the AAUP's on-line newsletter):

"Faculty members who hold contingent appointments should be afforded responsibilities and opportunities in governance similar to those of their tenured and tenure-track colleagues.

"Institutional policies should define as 'faculty' and include in governance bodies at all levels individuals whose appointments consist primarily of teaching or research activities conducted at a professional level.

"Eligibility for voting and holding office should be the same for all faculty regardless of full- or part-time status.

"All members of the faculty should be eligible to vote in all elections for college and university governance bodies on the basis of one person, one vote.

"While faculty in contingent appointments may be restricted from participating in the evaluation of tenured and tenure-track faculty, they should have the opportunity to contribute to the evaluation of contingent faculty.

"All faculty members should, in the conduct of governance activities, be explicitly protected by institutional policies from retaliation.

"Faculty holding contingent appointments should be compensated in a way that takes into consideration the full range of their appointment responsibilities, which should include service."

It would be nice if all of the above applied to all legal writing professors in the U.S.!



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