UNH Faculty Senate

Motion on hiring practices


on hiring practices


1.  Motion presenter:   Michael Ferber

2.  Dates of Faculty Senate discussion:   4/29/2013 and 5/6/2013

3.  Motion:  The Faculty Senate calls on the administration to make it a top priority to halt the substitution of lecturers for departing professors.  The practice should now be the other way round.  When lecturers resign, tenure-track professors should be hired, with some exceptions where appropriate, to replace them.  (This motion is in accord with the first recommendation of the Professional Standards Committee:  ‘The default for replacing all tenure-track faculty when a vacancy occurs will be the selection of another tenure-track faculty member.  Deviations from this default position should be accompanied by an explanation to the impacted department/division and the chance for the chair to respond.  This applies to single hires and cluster hires.’)


4.  Rationale:  This year there are 609 tenure-track faculty, down from 663 in 2005.  Using 2005 as a base year (100%), the last year for which we have statistics, the number of lecturers rose to 143% in 2012 and to 156% this year, while the number of tenure-track faculty has declined to 92%.  The number of lecturers at UNH rose dramatically between 2010 and 2011, from 134 to 170, and in 2013 is up to 191.  Lecturers are now 27% of the FTE tenure-track faculty including librarians and were less than 16% in 2005.  Lecturers teach about 36% of the courses that are taught.  A senator said that, even though the university is under financial stress, the administration should carefully consider and clarify its priorities in this matter. 


5.  Senate action:  passed with thirty-two ayes and one nay


6.  Senate chair’s signature:  Willem deVries


Forwarded to:  President Mark Huddleston, on 6/19/2013

Forwarded to:  Provost John Aber, on 6/19/2013

Forwarded to:  Lisa MacFarlane, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, on 6/19/2013

Forwarded to:  all college deans, on 6/19/2013

Forwarded to:  all department chairs, on 6/19/2013


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