Inside Higher Ed
June 22nd, 2015
Writing instructors at Arizona State University, who have since
December been protesting a plan to change their compensation in ways
they said were unfair and would hurt teaching and learning, have won
both a gain in pay and a new option on course load.
The victory is notable for a group of instructors without the
protections of the tenure track, many of whom used social media
anonymously to make their points.
The plan announced in December
was to require full-time, non-tenure-track writing instructors to shift
from a 4-4 schedule to a 5-5 schedule, without any extra pay above the
$32,000 base that had been used for a 4-4 schedule. The university said
it was relieving the instructors of service requirements, but the
instructors said that a 5-5 schedule would have them teaching too many
students (25 per section) to provide the kind of feedback students need.
The instructors in fact were already over what the Modern Language
Association's Association of Departments of English considers an
appropriate number of students at 4-4, but would have gone way over at