ASU criticized for proposed adjustments to non-tenure-track faculty loads

December 17, 2014

Arizona State University is being criticized after asking 60 full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members teaching its intensive writing courses to each take on an additional course with no extra compensation. ASU says that the change is necessary due to budgetary restrictions, but critics argue that the move exploits the institution’s most vulnerable faculty members. The instructors in question already teach four courses in both the fall and spring semesters with 25 students per class; many of the students speak English as a subsequent language and require extra help. The instructors say that by taking on an extra class, they will be less equipped to help needy students. In lieu of receiving additional pay, the faculty would be relieved of service and professional duties that are currently supposed to take up 20% of their working time. However, some faculty members say that they do not believe other faculty members would be able to pick up additional service work to compensate. “The real issue becomes how much time do you actually have to work with students? The larger the classes get and the more sections we’re given, the less we can do for our students,” said one instructor. Inside Higher Ed