Welcome to the 1998-99 academic year. As we begin this New Year,
many things come as welcome change.
As many of you are aware, the Association in Support of Non-Tenure
Track Faculty set forth its mission statement last spring in hopes of
improving the quality of life for NTTFs. First and foremost on our
list for improvement was the issue of pay, but many other issues were
also identified. On May 13, 1998, the Executive Committee of the
Association In Support of Non-Tenure Track Faculty met for an
exchange of ideas over dinner with representatives of the
administration. Those attending were: Michael Adams, Susan Adams,
Clark Baughan, Mary Jo Beresford, Sandy Easton, Paul Gaston, Darlene
McElfresh, Rogers Redding, Jerry Warner, Steve Wilkinson, and James
We discussed many ideas. We talked about the need to compensate
non-tenure track faculty competitively; providing health and other
benefits in line with other area universities; ways to utilize the
talents of non-tenure track faculty more effectively; ways to recruit
and retain good adjunct faculty, and the need for more effective
orientations both for non-tenure track faculty and for their chairs
The Committee presented the Administration with the following
five-year Development Package for Non-Tenure Track Faculty,
complementing Dr. Votruba's Voices Visions and
- Increase salaries to become competitive with UC and Miami's
over a five-year period
- Offer health benefits, preferably through the Consortium, by
January 1, 1999
- Develop a university-wide roll-over policy (Fall 1998
on-going) as follows:
If over a three-year period, a department can show part-time
enrollment equivalent to a full-time teaching load, then twelve hours
of part-time should be rolled over into a temporary lectureship.
If the enrollment holds up for a further three years, then the
temporary lectureship should be rolled over into a permanent
lectureship or tenure-track position.
- Appoint senior part-time faculty to continuing three-year
contracts (Fall 1998 on-going)
- Devise a "Grow Your Own" Approach to Adjunct Faculty (Fall
Make sure that NKU positions that have come open are advertised
widely among NKU adjunct faculty by having Personnel send information
to department chairs to distribute to their part-time faculty and
lecturers (positions such as those in advising, student affairs,
out-reach programs such as the Grant County initiative, etc.);
announce positions in the Campus Digest; and send appropriate job
openings to every adjunct faculty member on campus. Give priority
placement to adjuncts for such positions.
Revise jobs as they come open and create new positions to include
a teaching requirement of one or two courses (such as advising
- Work on creating joint positions with other universities in
the Consortium (Fall 1998 on-going)
- Educate department chairs through a Fall 1998 Orientation
Session (in conjunction with the Association in Support of
Non-Tenure Track Faculty): in treating adjunct faculty as
colleagues to achieve consistency, fairness, and collegiality;
including adjunct faculty in department discussions of curriculum,
pedagogy, etc.; and giving adjunct faculty fair and competitive
access to travel and other operating funds in every university
- Offer tuition remission for adjunct faculty (Fall 1998
- Provide access to university e-mail accounts and computer
facilities for adjunct faculty in every department and/or college
in the university (Fall 1998 on-going)
- President Votruba indicated that the administration is aware
of the problems of part-time and non-tenure track faculty at NKU,
committed to dealing with these issues, and willing to develop a
multi-year plan to increase compensation and opportunities for
part-time and non-tenure track faculty.
- Other important outcomes resulted from this initial meeting.
The Association will begin gathering up-to-date data on NKU's
part-time and non-tenure track faculty. President Votruba will
place members of the non-tenure track and part-time faculty on a
number of Task Forces as part of his Voices, Visions and Values
plan. The Administration will make the SACS report on part-time
faculty available to the Executive Committee of the Association.
Provost Gaston will discuss providing health benefits for
non-tenure track faculty with the GCCU Consortium Academic
Officers and will discuss state policies on part-time usage with
his counterparts throughout Kentucky. Finally, President Votruba
and Provost Gaston agreed to co-sponsor a fall forum on these
issues with the Association in Support of Non-Tenure Track
- Over the summer, the administration addressed our issues and
began to resolve some of them. Other issues will take more time to
resolve. Prior to the beginning of the term, Provost Paul Gaston
issued a memorandum reporting the progress made over the summer.
Below is a summary of the changes.
- All part-time faculty received a 10% pay increase. While this
may seem inadequate, it is by far the largest raise we have
received in some years, which illustrates Dr. Votruba's commitment
to improving the conditions for NTTFs.
- Part-time faculty will now have access to direct deposit
banking following one semester's service at NKU through all
- It has been recommended that all part-time faculty be paid
according to the bi-weekly schedule. This is in the process of
being set up.
- Payment of part-time faculty according to the biweekly
schedule will also enable such faculty to avoid the 28% flat tax
on summer earnings. (This does not apply to those who are paid on
a supplemental payroll.)
- Vice President for Administration, Carla Chance, is
considering a new procedure that would automatically provide
part-time faculty teaching nine hours or less with a free courtesy
parking pass for the academic year employed.
- Through the appointment of some non-tenure track faculty
members to Reform '98 Task Forces, part-time faculty and lecturers
will now contribute to discussions of curriculum and other issues.
- Department chairs have been requested to notify part-time
faculty and lecturers directly when a tenure-track position is
- Part-time faculty will not be solicited by the University for
the United Way, the Fine Arts Fund, etc.
- The need for adequate office space for part-time faculty and
lecturers will be considered during discussions of the renovation
of the current science building.
- Department chairs and deans have been asked to ensure that all
NTTFs are provided with the basic instructional supplies.
- NTTFs who do not have access to computers within their
departments may obtain such access at Steely Library or in the
campus's public computing laboratories.
- All NTTFs can obtain an e-mail address through the Academic
- Part-time faculty should apply for a photo ID at the
University Bookstore. This identification will qualify them for a
bookstore discount and for access to Albright Health Center.
- The issue of health benefits and retirement options for
part-time faculty will be addressed this fall with the Greater
Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.
- All NTTFs are now eligible to join the Credit Union.
- Provost Gaston has established four $250 grants for part-time
faculty development. This is a pilot program and level of
participation and quality of proposals will determine whether the
program is continued and, perhaps, enhanced.
- The Faculty Task Force of Reform '98 will be asked to consider
the advantages of cross-functional appointments that could combine
part-time teaching and part-time staff work (student recruitment,
advising, etc.) in full-time positions that would offer access to
a wider range of benefits.
- All NTTFs will be welcome to attend the Fall Convocation and
march in Commencement exercises.
All of the above represent improvements. In addition, a further
positive development is a creative working relationship with Dr.
Jerry Warner, Chair of Chairs Council, and his group. Still more
remains to be accomplished. Unrealized Association goals include:
- Health benefits need to be implemented
- Development of a university-wide roll-over plan needs to be
- Continued appointment of senior part-time faculty to
continuing three-year contracts
- Development of the "Grow Your Own" Approach to Adjunct Faculty
- Development and implementation of joint positions with other
universities in the Consortium
- Continued cooperation with department chairs as noted above
- Implementation of a tuition remission plan for adjunct faculty
The work continues toward the five-year plan the Executive
Committee presented at the May 13 meeting. Changes like those we've
requested won't happen over a summer. But we have a new
administration, with new objectives, and an industrious Association
all working toward the same goals.
The Association will be forwarding a survey to all non-tenure
track faculty. This will help us establish statistical data for the
Administration. If you do not receive this survey by the end of
September, 1998, please contact any member of the Executive
Committee: Darlene McElfresh McElfreshD@nku.edu, Susan
Adams Kissel@nku.edu, Michael Adams Adamsm@nku.edu, Mary Jo Beresford Beresford@nku.edu, Steven
Wilkinson Wilkinson@nku.edu, and
Clark Baughan Baughan@nku.edu.
The Association in Support of Non-Tenure Track Faculty continues
to grow. If you are not already a member, please join us. By
contributing on a sliding scale (Tenure-Track Faculty &
Administration $10 - $1), you, too, can
become a member of a small association helping to make big changes
here at NKU.