The Use of Temporary Faculty in Faculty Positions in the CSU

AS-2369-97/FA - May 8-9, 1997

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University reaffirm its 1987 and 1991 positions on temporary faculty in the CSU (see AS-1703-86/FA and AS-1977-90/FA attached) and urge local campuses and individual departments to study their ratio of temporary to tenured/tenure-track faculty in light of these positions.

RATIONALE: The continuing health of the Academy depends upon its tenured and tenure-track faculty. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are committed to the University beyond current classroom instruction. The University relies on tenured and tenure-track faculty for leadership in program development, the maintenance of academic values, and the mentoring and nurturing of students. The sum of this is the defense over time of high quality in the teaching-learning process.

In 1984, in response to academic concerns about the considerable increase in the number of temporary faculty in faculty positions in the CSU, the Academic Senate of the California State University established a CSU Academic Senate Committee to Study the Educational Implications of the Use of Lecturers in the CSU. The Committee produced a report in 1986, which led the Senate in 1987 to propose policy recommendations on the use of temporary faculty for campus senate adoption. The Senate reaffirmed the recommendations in 1991. (See attachments.)

The conditions which prompted Senate action in 1987 and 1991 obtain in 1997. There are large numbers of temporary faculty in the CSU and they are found in more than the replacement, specialty, basic skills/remedial, and applied positions temporary faculty have traditionally held. As the Academic Senate of the California State University observed in 1987, the employment of large numbers of temporary faculty poses problems for the quality of our student’s educational experiences. Temporary faculty, for example, are not, nor should they normally be, expected to contribute to advising, curriculum development, and academic governance; an increase in their number, further, dilutes the size and influence of the tenured faculty and undermines the stability of academic freedom and the tenure system.


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