Support Job Security for College
you, student life and supporters,
please stay the course
continue writing letters and emailing on
my behalf, and ESPECIALLY on behalf of
Lecturer's Policy reform. We have not yet
won (please see Support).
thank all my student and alumni
supporters, and Student Life,
Washington University's student newspaper,
for the editorial, Put
1/22/07, which strongly supports my
continued employment here. Thanks to
Student Life also for its earlier
editorial supporting Lecturer's Policy
positions valuable to
9/29/06), and for making education reform
a top priority in Autumn 2006 and Spring
2007. I thank Student Union for taking up
was asked to stay here, "get another job,"
"be creative and cook up something," while
a job search to replace me proceeds. This
has always been represented (to me, if not
to others) as just that: a job search to
replace me, a position to which I need not
apply, after eight years of loyal service.
This botched search must end, unless my
Lecturer's contract is renewed
immediately. Please attend the job talks
in South Asian religion, and be polite.
However, since the speakers have crossed a
virtual picket line, it is appropriate to
make polite inquiries about the
candidates' positions on labor issues,
especially Lecturer's Policy reform. It is
also most certainly appropriate to inquire
about how the candidate would work with
me, as a good colleague.
am very happy to learn that students
across the ideological spectrum have taken
leadership roles in the campaign to save
my job, and to reform the ambiguous and
flawed Lecturer's Policy. Students here
are not apathetic about
students call me "Professor Bauer," with
respect. Had I done as asked, taken a
staff job to pay health insurance, moved
some of my best courses to the University
College and Summer School, and moonlighted
at local colleges in walking distance,
while others took over some of my best
courses, I would still be "Professor
Bauer" to my students, who do not usually
ask about pay grades, promotion and
hiring, and other labor issues. I am very
glad students are now taking an interest
in these issues. If we succeed, I will be
"Lecturer Bauer," and nobody will thnk
this is second rate.
support a three year limit on "temporary"
positions, a tenure option and sabbatical
for Lecturers, and a clear, legally
binding definition of "service courses"
which may be assigned to other faculty by
Program Chairs, and "signature courses,"
which may not. We should be free to teach
our own courses at other local colleges,
or podcast from our living room, if we
please. Please let's respect each others'
Dr. Jerome Bauer