Iowa Adds Protections for Non-Tenure-Track Lecturers

June 2, 2016

The University of Iowa has approved a new policy aimed at strengthening working conditions and career prospects for its 280 non-tenure-track lecturers. The Instructional Faculty Policy, developed by Faculty Senate committees, deans and the provost’s office, gives lecturers grievance rights, representation in faculty governance, a pathway to promotion and clearer workload expectations, according to information from the university. It was approved by a nearly unanimous vote by the senate. The provost’s office will work over the summer to draft college-specific policies, to be rolled out in the fall. The changes follow a two-year study of quality of life among lecturers on campus, which found that these non-tenure-track instructors lacked clear and consistent pathways to promotion, a role in shared governance, and access to dispute procedures. Compensation was a top concern.

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