Rutgers faculty today approved a tentative Agreement for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty that includes multi-year contracts, paths to promotion, and titles with greater respect. This Agreement allows Rutgers University’s employment policies to be competitive with its peer institutions in research and will improve the quality of instruction because great teachers will be recruited, recognized and retained.
Rank-and-file members of the union expressed their pleasure that this special round of negotiations has finally come to a successful conclusion. Leon Fraser, Instructor in the Rutgers Business School on the Rutgers-Newark campus for the past seven years, said, “I am pleased that this agreement recognizes NTT faculty for their contributions to students and research at Rutgers as well as their status as true professionals.”
One of the major gains in the new agreement is that “non-renewable” contracts have been abolished. Lecturer Shaheen Ayubi remarked that she is pleased that “NTT faculty will no longer be perennial ‘annuals’ and the administration is no longer allowed to impose a non-renewable contract suddenly without rhyme or reason.” Dr. Ayubi, who has been employed in the Department of Political Science in the Rutgers-Camden campus for five years, added that, “we NTT faculty can look forward to much brighter futures being recognized as major contributors in our departments!”
New title series have been negotiated that create career paths with proper evaluations and promotion potential for state-funded teaching and grant-funded research faculty who are hired off the tenure track. This means that Teaching, Professional Practice, and Librarian faculty will now enjoy career paths alongside those in the existing Clinical and Research title series.
Hundreds of faculty will no longer have to tolerate the title Assistant Instructor—an unused title at peer research universities. This will move Rutgers up in reputation as a quality workplace and a stable learning environment for students.
Rutgers AAUP-AFT is NJ’s largest higher education union, representing over 6,000 full-time and part-time faculty, teaching and graduate assistants, post-doctoral associates, winter-summer instructors, and professional staff.
Shaheen Ayubi is an NTT Lecturer in Political Science on the Rutgers-Camden campus
Leon Fraser is an NTT at the Rutgers School of Business on the Rutgers-Newark Campus
Robert Puhak is an NTT in Math and Computer Science on the Rutgers-Newark campus
and has been recognized for his teaching excellence year after year.
Ann Gordon is the NTT Bargaining Chair and Research Professor Emerita in the History Department at Rutgers-New Brunswick