Georgia Colleges Allowed to Hire More Lecturers

June 4, 2009

The Georgia Board of Regents has increased the cap on the use of lecturers at public colleges from 10 to 20 percent of a public college or university's faculty, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Lecturers do not have tenure or research responsibilities, and so tend to teach more courses each semester than do professors. Board officials said that they raised the cap to allow colleges to make more hires, despite tough budget times, in high-demand areas. At the same time, the goal of the program is to keep the tenure-track as the norm for the faculty. The cap does not apply to part-time positions, which have been used to date by many colleges, and some faculty leaders questioned why those slots should not also be capped so more tenure-track positions would be created.

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