Junior Faculty Committee of the AAUP
TU-AAUP/Faculty Association JFC Report – Fall 2010
The Junior Faculty Committee (JFC) of the AAUP is a committee of the AAUP representing all junior faculty.
Any junior faculty person can be a member of the committee simply by attending any JFC meeting and participating. The JFC was formed in January of 2003, in response to workload issues. The JFC continues to advocate for those and other issues that affect junior faculty particularly. It is the only university-wide group on campus that focuses on such issues. As such, the JFC functions as a kind of barometer to assess the concerns of junior faculty. The more junior faculty that attend the meetings, the more effectively the JFC can represent the range of junior faculty issues at TU.
Fall 2010 Report
On November 12, 2010, the JFC – including 26 tenure-track faculty—met with the Provost to discuss issues of concern to tenure-track faculty. The JFC met once in the spring and again in the fall of 2010 to prepare for this meeting and to identify discussion topics. The letter sent to the Provost on November 4th in preparation for the November 12th meeting posed questions particularly about her vision for Towson University, specific promotion and tenure concerns, research funds and travel, and teaching load. Some responses from the Provost from that meeting include the following:
Also, those who attended the October 8 JFC meeting were in support of a motion to change the title of the Junior Faculty Committee to the “Tenure-Track Faculty Committee” (or TTFC). (The use of “junior” confounds tenure-status with age.) Such a motion will be made at the spring 2011 TU-AAUP/Faculty Association meeting.
Pamela Lottero-Perdue (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TU-AAUP/Faculty Association JFC Chairperson
Assistant Professor of Science Education, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences