Title

Cover story article about part-time teachers at the University of Southern Maine

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

12-17-1998

Pages

12, 13, 15

Abstract

Cover story article about part-time teachers at the University of Southern Maine (USM), who say they're overworked, underpaid and sick of being exploited. A committee report released in 1986 argued USM was relying too heavily on part-timers but since then, in keeping with a national trend, the number of part-timer educators has increased. Since 1993, the number of part-timers has grown 119 percent, from 115 to 252, and they now represent 43 percent of USM's teaching work force. In the same period, the number of tenured positions has risen by only four. Some full-time USM professors feel threatened by part-timers and say the administration is undermining and cheapening their profession. But USM President Richard Pattenaude said it's a way of coping with the ebb and flow of public funding. This year, USM received $3.2 million less in state financing than in 1989, despite continued growth in enrollment. With a related article about tenured University of Maine Law School professor Orlando Delogu, who believes universities should abolish tenure.

Subjects

College teachers, University of Southern Maine -- Faculty

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