NERCHE Releases New Working Paper Focusing on Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Community Engagement
Co-authored by Allison LaFave, Damani Lewis, and Sarah Smith (University of Maryland, College Park), the working paper--"Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Community Engagement: How the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Application Can Encourage Campuses to Support Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Their Community Engagement"--highlights the ways in which Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification application could capture the contributions of and supports for non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF), an ever-growing segment of the faculty population. (The Community Engagement Classification is an elective classification that requires campuses to provide evidence documenting engagement through a rigorous application process.) Until the classification application requests information about NTTF, the authors argue, it is impossible to know what role they play in the larger institutional commitment to community engagement. If the institutionalization of community engagement is heavily dependent upon faculty, then future advancement of community engagement will be increasingly dependent on NTTF as well. The paper seeks to answer two key questions. First, unless campuses facilitate and encourage the full participation of NTTF, can institutions truly maximize their community engagement potential? Second, if fair treatment of faculty is a form of community engagement in and of itself, do institutions that subject their NTTF to unfair wages and working conditions deserve the community engagement classification?
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