Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Lecturers & work assignment during the year (12.29b)

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 12.29b 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 been told you may be losing classes in the coming term or if you are a department chair making last-minute class assignments of available work this coming Winter or Spring term, we urge you to review Article 12.29b of our Faculty Contract and contact your campus CFA chapter faculty rights representative if you have questions.

The primary difference between 12.29b and 12.29a (which governs Fall terms) is that Lecturers on 1-year appointments in Winter and Spring terms have a higher preference for work than do term-appointed Lecturers, which means that their entitlement base must be met before providing careful consideration to term-appointed Lecturers. 

It’s useful to know that Lecturers with a 3-year or 1-year time-base entitlement have enforceable contractual rights. They must have their time-base entitlements met before any work is assigned to incumbent lecturers who are lower in the preference-for-work order.