Posted to: Earle Traynham, Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
This past June the University received an email message from a visiting instructor from the College of Computing, Engineering, & Construction Management, who was frustrated with the re-hiring process. Though we all probably agree that his method to communicate his frustrations was inappropriate, this does not mean that we should ignore his message. Visiting instructors throughout campus face job insecurity and a lack of opportunity. Some have suffered in this position for many years. Is anyone looking at this?
In responding re-hiring process from Dr. Earle Traynham, Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs:
My response to the question is below.
Since the beginning of the recession in 2008 and the ensuing state budget cuts to state universities, UNF made increasing use of visiting faculty in order to avoid the possibility of laying off regular faculty and other employees. Thankfully, the goal of no layoffs was accomplished. At the same time, we were able to maintain the quality of educational services to our students because of the efforts provided by dedicated visiting faculty. Over a period of five years, a number of visiting faculty were added. Beginning last year, the process of reducing dependence on visiting faculty was begun by authorizing searches for permanent faculty on some of the positions covered by visitors. This process will continue this year and beyond until we restore the appropriate balance between regular and visiting faculty. There will, of course, always be a need for some visiting faculty for such purposes as replacing faculty on sabbatical or other leave, filling positions funded by non-recurring sources, and to meet other temporary needs. The UFF-UNF collective bargaining agreement governs the use of visiting faculty under normal circumstances, and Academic Affairs has been working with UFF as we restore the use of visiting faculty to normal. We are very grateful to all of our visiting faculty for the critical services that they have and continue to provide to our students and to the University.
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