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Lecturer Resources

Department

Please let the lecturer's committee know what sort of information would be useful to post here.

 

College

The College Protocols & Procedures provided updated College information about hiring, appointment, and evaluation processes.

 

University

The Faculty Development program in the Provost's Office maintains The New Faculty QuickStart Guide to orient new faculty of all ranks to campus systems, teaching, and supporting students. In addition, they host an annual Lecturer Information Session.  For 2019-20, it will be:

  • Breakfast Info Session: Wednesday, January 29, 8-9 am, Adobe Lodge Porch
  • Lunch Info Session: Thursday, January 30, 12:15-1:15, Learning Commons, Video B

If you can't be present in person, but would like to video conference in, you can indicate that in your RSVP.

The Provost's Office maintains a page for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer Information.  The page includes information on resources, governance bodies, hiring and appointment processes, and funding and professional development resources. We list below links to Provost updates on processes and procedures related to lecturers:

  • Summer 2019 - Academic Year Adjunct Faculty 10-Month Appointment Information (initial FAQs and updates)
  • December 10, 2019 - Information on recent changes related to our Adjunct Faculty reclassification

There are several governance bodies overseeing matters of particular concern to lecturers.  This infographic summarizes the 2019 changes and the governance bodies addressing and overseeing the needs of lecturers (prepared for RS colleagues by Kitty Murphy).

In addition to these governance channels, our campus chapter of the AAUP maintains a page of articles and resources on contingency.

The President's Office hosts a page titled SCU Better Together that collates the administration's responses to recent unionization efforts on campus along with updates on what the University is doing to improve the circumstances of adjunct faculty and lecturers.

For links to information about benefits provided to lecturers by the University, see the Benefits section of the Career > Compensation page on the RS Faculty website.

 

Profession

The AAR has published a Statement on Contingent Faculty Practices, and it has been adopted by the Society of Christian Ethics as well. 

The SCE Task Force on Contingency sponsored a Survey on Contingency in the Religion Discplines in the Summer of 2019 (colleagues Karen Petersen-Iyer and Matthew Gaudet, a Lecturer in Engineering Ethics at SCU, worked on this). Matthew presented it at the 2019 AAR/SBL meeting in San Diego, and while the results have not been published yet, we hope to have a link to them soon.  In the meantine, here are the initial findings (linked with permission; visible only to RS faculty in the SCU Religious Studies Department and JST).

The AAR's Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Committee maintains a page of resources, including reports from a variety of bodies.  Two of these from the AAUP are worth singling out:

In addition, you have access to some library resources even during periods of unemployment:

  • You have access to the ATLA Religion database by virtue of being an alumnus/a of an institution, so ought to be able to login to that library and access the database
  • If you are an SBL (or AAR?) member, JSTOR has invited SBL (and into a two-year pilot program that provides access for all SBL members to more than one hundred journals in JSTOR’s Religion and Theology Collection. To visit the collection, log in to the member benefits page and use the link in the JSTOR section. SBL is grateful to JSTOR for this member benefit through 2020.

 

The major professional societies have also initiated sliding scale dues.