Non-tenure track faculty receive layoff notices

Lauren Duncan

Daily Egyptian

Two SIUC non-tenure track faculty members received notification Friday that they will be laid off, said Kitty Martin, Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association spokesperson.

Martin said the notification letter indicates the layoffs were made as a result of a decline in revenue from enrollment declines.

Martin said the NTTFA did not know names of the faculty who received the notifications, but the letter states their last day of work will be Jan. 13.

“We’re still hoping that solutions can be found, that they’ll be able to come back for us,” Martin said. “Everyone is trying to stay positive about things.”

Chancellor Rita Cheng said in an email Friday the two faculty were teaching a total of five courses.

“Since enrollments are down in their programs, there was no teaching assignment and no impact on the students,” she said.

Cheng said the university has hired two new non-tenure track faculty for three courses in the spring in different programs with growing or flat enrollments.

There are also a few searches open for spring teaching assignments, Cheng said.

“Students should not worry,” she said. “Courses will be held where there is strong demand.”

Martin said aspects of the NTTFA contract state that faculty who are laid off must be the first to be “called back” when a position opens up. She said there is a possibility that at least one of the faculty who received the notice will be able to participate in “pushover recall,” which gives them the opportunity to work part- or half-time.

In July, University administrators notified 77 non-tenure track faculty members that their positions were subject to layoff. Faculty have said another layoff notification in December has been rumored.

But Cheng said there are no further non-tenure track layoffs.

For updates on the layoffs, see dailyegyptian.com, as well as Monday’s edition of the Daily Egyptian.

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