BY UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LECTURERS UNITED-AAUP
Below is a press release issued today by the University of New Hampshire Lecturers United–AAUP.
Contact: Catherine Moran
Date: Jan 19, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Durham, NH— Some 160 years of teaching experience will be lost to the University of New Hampshire because of a round of job cuts that the union has learned about. Based on information gathered by the lecturer faculty union, UNHLU-AAUP, the cuts target the College of Liberal Arts where 18 Lecturers have been told they will not be asked to return in the fall.
Letters to the affected faculty cite budget constraints and “strategic realignments.” There appears to be no faculty governance consultation. The cuts eliminate the only Arabic program faculty member, and 5 other language faculty have been let go. Faculty are concerned about their students as many courses and programs are certain to be affected. The University has not identified a plan for how courses will be covered after so many teaching-intensive faculty are gone.
A petition started on behalf of the affected faculty and students was started by the American Association of Teachers of French (AAFT). This can be found at http://chn.ge/2DsokGM.
“At a time when we need to address the grand challenges associated with creating engaged, global citizens, we cannot afford to limit the academic experiences of our students,” says Catherine Moran, UNH Lecturers United-AAUP President. “In order to be prepared for careers in business, government service, public safety, health care, and beyond, our students need to develop their fluency in languages, and cultural, societal, and political awareness.”
Students across the university will be affected. All students are required to study languages, but students studying Middle East Studies, Homeland Security, Justice Studies, International Affairs, History, and Political Science will be particularly impacted.
The union’s information has been confirmed by Provost’s office. The cuts, which only target non tenure-track lecturers, come as the teaching professionals’ 4 year-old bargaining unit is in the midst of negotiations.
“These cuts target faculty who have significant teaching experience. Many of the faculty have made long commitments to UNH, on average having been employed at the university for 9 years, some as many as 20 years,” Moran said.
The cuts in language teaching, including teaching English as a Second Language, come when UNH has made internationalization part of their strategic plan.
Table of numbers of Lecturer Cuts
|English as a Second Language||7|