Faculty Rights Tip: Lecturer Preference for Work at the start of the academic year

At the beginning of each new term during the academic year the teaching assignments for Lecturers are often in flux until the last minute. It can be a challenging time for both Lecturers and department chairs.

Article 12.29a of our Collective Bargaining agreement governs the assignment of classes during the academic year (i.e., in terms other than Fall). This article provides protection for long-term Lecturers. The administration must follow the order of appointments specified in this article.

If you are a Lecturer who has lost classes this term, we urge you to review Article 12.29a of our Faculty Contract and contact your campus CFA chapter faculty rights representative if you have questions.

It’s useful to know that qualified Lecturers with 3-year appointments must be offered work up to their entitlements before their department offers the same work to Lecturers without 3-year appointments

Furthermore, Lecturers who worked in 2017-2018 have preference for work over newly hired Lecturers.

All qualified 1-year and 3-year Lecturers have the right to work beyond their entitlements before that same work is offered to a brand-new Lecturer.

If you believe that your rights have been violated, please contact your CFA Faculty Rights Representative. Please note that faculty members only have 42 days to file a grievance from the date they found out about the violations. At most campuses, that deadline is coming very soon.

If you have questions about a Faculty Rights Tip or would like to suggest a tip please write us with the subject line “Faculty Rights Tip.”

See previous Faculty Rights Tips on a range of topics in our contract.