Support for Improved Faculty Development Opportunities
ATTACHMENT TO AS-2881-09/FA (Rev)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) re-affirm its support
for those commitments in AS-2733-06/FA “Providing Lecturers with Timely Academic Support;” and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU commend those efforts of the Chancellor’s Office of Research Initiatives and Partnerships which encourage and support faculty development in the areas of research; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU reaffirm the commitment of the CSU to provide faculty development to support excellence in both pedagogy and scholarship for all faculty, as outlined in Access to Excellence; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU reaffirm its commitment to ensuring that lecturers, who are the majority of the CSU faculty, are given due consideration for faculty development funds which include, but are not limited to: resources for travel to academic conferences and/or research and support to help lecturers locate and secure external funding for scholarly and creative activities; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU encourage the Office of the Chancellor, through its legislative activities, to lobby for an increase in the yearly allocation of funds awarded under the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program (RSCAP), which currently provides funds for less than 1% of CSU lecturers; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU encourage the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) to include lecturers, whenever feasible, in the call for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or any other activity meant to address faculty development; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU send copies of this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, Campus Presidents and provosts, campus faculty development centers, the Director of ITL, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships, and the California State Legislature.
RATIONALE: Lecturers are a vital component of the CSU faculty, currently comprising approximately 60% of the total faculty. They make a substantial contribution to the high quality of teaching and compare favorably to tenure and tenure-track faculty in terms of their commitment to students and to scholarly and creative activities. (Findings and Recommendations of the Advisory Committee for the CSU and Comparable Faculty Workload Studies, January 2003). Yet, evidence supports the conclusion that lecturers are seldom afforded the comparable resources needed to develop themselves as “teacher-scholars” in the CSU. Out of 531 RSCAP awards, only six were awarded to lecturers (RSCA Final Report, 2008). While there are compelling reasons to focus the limited RSCA awards on probationary faculty, or target tenured/tenure-track faculty when RFP’s are offered in the CSU, it remains that lecturers, as the majority of the CSU faculty, are minimally supported in their efforts to develop as teacher-scholars.
Maintaining the quality of student learning is a major challenge for higher education; an enhanced commitment to lecturer faculty development in the CSU is a necessary step toward addressing this challenge.
Approved Unanimously – March 19-20, 2009