URGENT: Support Job Security for College Teachers

LECTURER'S POLICY REFORM

MINIMUM DEMANDS

[Addendum: my minimum demands, based on student petitions, include health insurance, implicit in the text below, paid sabbatical in Autumn 2007 so I can publish, continuation as Four Year Advisor and Faculty Associate, and full reinstatement in Spring 2008, in Religious Studies or Humanities]

1/7/07
To the Washington University Community, especially my Student and Alumni Supporters:

Thank you for your support, and thank you for signing one of the petitions on my behalf. Following the example of Gandhi, I will insist only on my minimum demands. These are based on a conservative reading of the most widely circulated petition, signed by about 500 of you so far, which asks the University to "safeguard" my position. I interpret this as a vote for the status quo, and the five year program of courses announced on my website (posted in 2004); http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~jhbauer/five_year_plan.htm; amended in Autumn 2006; http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~jhbauer/nextyearplan.htm#courseproposals. I respectfully ask the University to renew my Lecturer's contract for 2007-2008, and to work towards Lecturer's Policy reform, so we don't have to do this again next year. I would like to be promoted to Senior Lecturer, but the petition does not mention this, nor does it mention a pay raise or any specific reform. To "safeguard" my position implies only a general endorsement of reform.

Here are my minimum demands, based on the status quo:

*Renewal of my position as Lecturer in Religious Studies for 2007-2008.

*Renewal of my position as Faculty Associate on the South 40, and informal recognition of my work with the WashU Cooperative.

*Renewal of my status as teacher of Focus 2310-11, "Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability," still without pay. I believe I should be paid for this course but the petition does not mention it, so it would be unfair to make this a condition now.

*Renewal of my $700 budget for presentation of research at conferences, which I have in recent years preferred to apply to educational events for Religious Studies and the Coop.

*Renewal of my position as Four Year Advisor to students and alumni of Focus 2310-11, and 3 credits of academic credit for any three alumni of the course who wish to assist with next year's course.

*Recognition of my intellectual property rights to all my courses (including titles, course descriptions, and syllabi) except ReSt 250F and ReSt 260/368. I was asked by the two Religious Studies Chairs with whom I have worked to stay here, and take a pay cut to teach my signature courses in University College and Summer School, and at local universities. I was urged to "be creative" and "cook up something." If anybody is ever to be asked to do this, a clear and legally binding distinction between "service courses" which may be assigned to another instructor by a Program Chair, and "signature courses," which may not, must be recognized.

This proposal is a bargain for Washington University, as my work has always been. I ask very little in exchange for dedicated service. Until quite recently, I never even complained. After eight years of loyal service, I deserve better than to be kicked in the teeth and handed my hat. The University owes me an apology, but since the student petitions make no mention of this, I do not require one. I remain a loyal member of the Washington University faculty, and ask only that Washington University, and its Religious Studies and Focus Programs, show some loyalty to me.

Signing a petition on my behalf in no way implies endorsement of every proposal and pronouncement I have made, or will make. I will continue to speak freely, to promote discussion of education reform, and so should you.

Please attend the next open Student Union meeting to show support for Lecturer's Policy reform, so nobody ever has to go through this again. Who determines the needs of the University and its Programs, the bureaucrats or you, the consumers of a very expensive product, a Washington University education?

Thanking you,

Jerome Bauer
www.jeromebauer.com

 

Letter Posted in late August 2006

Dear students and other friends,

 

Thank you for all your support. This summer I have been gratified to learn the extent of my student support and the depth of my students' appreciation. When students hear that I may not be here next year, if Washington University has its way, they often ask me if they can take my courses, if I stay in St Louis and teach at another school, and transfer the credits to WashU. The short answer is 'no.� This will probably not work out. I know that many of you came here to take my courses (and not courses by the same name, taught by someone else).

 

I have decided to stay. If you want me to stay, you must waste no time, and petition all the Deans and Chancellors and Department Chairs, all the powers that be, to keep me here. YOU are the ones paying the rather high tuition, or your parents are paying on your behalf. YOU will be alumni, and potential donors to this university. As consumers of an expensive product, you ought to have a say.

 

Please, help us to ⤜skew the curriculum� towards cooperative learning, sustainable living, egalitarian community, and student-oriented open curriculum, tailored to the individual student's needs. That is my specialty, and I thank you for acknowledging this.

 

Please send emails to ALL of the people listed below, if you wish to support me. Here are some specifics: you could request that a) I be promoted to Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Cooperative Learning, and Environmental Humanities, perhaps affiliated with the Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, and/or the Center for the Humanities. If this University persists in its plan to hire another scholar of South Asian religion, let this not be done at my expense, in an attempt to replace me, as if any person is replaceable. I would welcome some help, however. I should not have to do all the work, teaching all the South Asian religion classes. More choice would benefit the students.

 

Please support my intellectual property rights to my courses, course titles and descriptions, and my extensive and well-researched syllabi. This is my work, not to be appropriated by administrative fiat.

 

Please support the same rights for all dedicated Teaching Faculty, and please support our right to organize, and to work as hard as we wish. Please support better pay and job security for all Teaching Faculty, everywhere.

 

If you get a response, you may be told that I am a ⤜pre-tenure track� Lecturer. However, the Lecturer's Policy does not distinguish between so-called ⤜pre-tenure track� and any other kind. Even if it did, this should make no difference. I have more than earned my promotion. This is my opinion, which I am glad many of you share. I have always been open about my priorities: teaching above publication. This is my chosen career path. I am a proud, loyal faculty member of Washington University, and I think I, and all the other workers here, deserve a living wage, reasonable job security, and a modicum of respect. I would be proud to continue as ⤜Lecturer� or ⤜Senior Lecturer.� No job title could be more honorable.

 

I made a promise to my Focus 2311 students, in Spring 2005, in the lounge of the WashU Coop, that I would stay here, on Pershing Avenue, my new homestead, to tend our common garden, and watch our fruit trees grow. I am particularly grateful for the support of Coop students and friends, and I am happy to keep my promise to you all. I will always be here.

 

Please email, and/or write to ALL of the Powers That Be listed below, as soon as possible. Time is of the essence. (Please see my ⤜Plan B� appended below; for ⤜Plan A� please see my website, http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~jhbauer/five_year_plan.htm All this will soon be posted on my website(s)).

 

Sincerely,

 

Jerome Bauer

per veritatem vis

satyam eva jayate

the truth is out there

 

Please contact:

 

*Chancellor Mark Wrighton, wrighton@wustl.edu , 314-935-5100, Campus Box 1192

 

 

*Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of Arts and Sciences Edward S. Macias, macias@wustl.edu , 314-935-6820, Campus Box 1094

 

 

*Vice Chancellor for Students and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences James E. McLeod, jemcleod@wustl.edu, 314-935-7747, Campus Box 1117

 

 

*Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students and Dean of Students Justin Carroll, carroll@wustl.edu, 314-935-4001, Campus Box 1250

 

 

*Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Delores Kennedy, dkkenned@wustl.edu, 314 935-6800, Campus Box 1117

 

 

*Beata Grant, Chair of the Program in Religious Studies, bgrant@artsci.wustl.edu, 314-935-8577, Campus Box 1111

 

 

*Jill Stratton, Associate Director of Residential Life, 314-935-5050, Campus Box 1250

 

⤜Plan B�

[Note: This plan involves me getting paid for the Coop Multifocus course. Plan A does not; I am happy to teach pro bono, as long as I have a ⤜living wage�]

 

Jerome Bauer, Five Year Plan, 2006-2011

 

2006-2007

 

AUTUMN 2006

*RS 250F Hinduism: An Introduction / The Hindu Traditions

*RS / IS 339F Yoga Traditions

*FOCUS 2310 / STA 395 Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

*RS [UC] 3223 Hindu Medicine and Indian Food

 

SPRING 2007

*RS / IS 3391 Karma and Rebirth

*RS 3392 Miracles, Marvels, and Magic

*FOCUS 2311 / STA 395 Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

*RS [UC] 470 Topics in Religious Studies: Middle-Earth and Bharata Varsha

 

SUMMER 2007

*RS / IA [UC] 470 Topics in Religious Studies: Theosophical Societies and New Age Spiritualities

*RS 160 [Summer] Science Fiction and Religion: May the Force Be With You

*RS, EnvSt, STA [Summer] 2xx Cooperation, Sustainablity, and Spirituality [based on, and serving as a companion to, FOCUS 2311]

 

2007-2008

 

AUTUMN 2007

*RS [UC] 3223 Hindu Medicine and Indian Food

*RS / EnvSt / STA [UC] 2xx Cooperation, Ideology, and Utopia [based on, and serving as a companion to, FOCUS 2310]

*FOCUS 2310 [Day School] (2 sections) Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability [team taught with Coop students, open to the community, with an emphasis on putting theory into practice]

 

SPRING 2008

*RS 3xx [UC] Karma, Rebirth, and Grace [my signature course, ⤜Karma and Rebirth,� moved to the evening school, along with my trademarked multi-track syllabus]

*RS 3xx [UC] Miracles, Marvels, and Magic [my unique course of the same name, moved to the evening school with my trademarked multi-track syllabus]

*FOCUS 2311 [Day School] Coperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability [team taught with Coop students, open to the community, with an emphasis on putting theory into practice]

 

SUMMER 2008

*RS, EnvSt, STA [Summer] 2xx Cooperation, Sustainablity, and Spirituality

*RS, EnvSt, STA [Summer] 2xx Save the Planets: Environmental Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy

*RS / IA 470 [UC] Fundamentalisms East and West

 

2008-2009

 

AUTUMN 2008

*RS [UC] 3xx Yoga Traditions

*RS / EnvSt / STA [UC] 2xx Cooperation, Ideology, and Utopia

*FOCUS 2310 [Day School] (2 sections) Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

 

SPRING 2009

*RS [UC] 3xx Karma, Rebirth, and Grace

*RS [UC] 470 Topics in Religious Studies: Middle-Earth and Bharata Varsha

*FOCUS 2311 [Day School] Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

 

SUMMER 2009

*RS 160 [Summer] Science Fiction and Religion: May the Force Be With You

*RS / EnvSt / STA 2xx [Summer] Cooperation, Sustainability, and Spirituality

*RS / IA 470 [UC] Topics in Religious Studies: Theosophical Societies and New Age Spiritualities

 

2009-2010

 

AUTUMN 2009

*RS 3223 [UC] Hindu Medicine and Indian Food

*RS / EnvSt / STA 2xx [Day School] Cooperation, Ideology, and Utopia

*FOCUS 2310 [Day School] (2 sections) Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

 

SPRING 2010

*RS 3xx [UC] Karma, Rebirth, and Grace

*RS 3xx [UC] Miracles, Marvels, and Magic

*FOCUS 2311 [Day School] Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

 

SUMMER 2010

*RS / EnvSt / STA 2xx [Summer] Save the Planets: Environmental Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy

*RS / EnvSt / STA 2xx [Summer] Cooperation, Sustainability, and Spirituality

*RS 470 [UC] Topics in Religious Studies: Veda and Vedanta

 

2010-2011

 

AUTUMN 2010

*RS 3xx [UC] Yoga Traditions

*RS / EnvSt / STA 2xx [UC] Cooperation, Ideology, and Utopia

*FOCUS 2310 [Day School] (2 sections) Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

 

SPRING 2011

*RS 3xx [UC] Karma, Rebirth, and Grace

*RS 470 [UC] Topics in Religious Studies: Middle-Earth and Bharata Varsha

*FOCUS 2311 [Day School] (2 sections) Cooperative Living, Community Building, and Sustainability

 

SUMMER 2011

*RS 160 [Summer] Science Fiction and Religion: May the Force Be With You

*RS / EnvSt / STA 2xx [Summer] Cooperation, Sustainability, and Spirituality

*RS / IA 470 [UC] Topics in Religious Studies: Fundamentalisms East and West

 

 

[For my point of view, please see: http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~jhbauer/respect.htm ]