Recommendation on the Eligibility of Lecturers for Emeritus Status
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU), in acknowledgement of the historic and current contributions of lecturers, express its support for the inclusion of criteria for lecturers in all campus faculty emeritus policies; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend those California State University (CSU) campuses at which lecturers, by specification or by exception, are able to be recognized with emeritus status; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, Chancellor, campus Presidents, campus Senate Chairs, Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association, Emeritus and Retired Faculty Campus Affiliate Presidents California Faculty Association.
RATIONALE: AS-3068-12/FA (March, 2012), “Calling for the Review or Creation of Campus Policies on Emeriti Faculty” 1 encourages individual campuses to review policies regarding emeriti faculty, addressing “eligibility/criteria for determining emeritus status”. In 2012, a research report was published by the California Faculty Association tabulated from CSU PIMS Report data,” CSU Instructional Faculty, by Tenure Status, 1990 to 2011 (system-wide)”. 2 According to the findings of this report, the headcount of fulltime and part-time lecturers in the CSU system increased from 9,912 to 11,939, representing a full-time equivalent (FTE) increase from 4,438 (in 1990) to 6,021 (in 2011). As a percentage of total faculty (comprising tenured, tenuretrack and all full-time plus part-time lecturers), the number of full-time and part-time lecturers in the CSU increased from 46.9% to 54.2% (by headcount) and 28.6% to 38.1% (measured in FTE). Additionally, numerous individual campuses rely on an instructional base of more than 60% of instructors off the tenure-track (as measured by FTE or by headcount).
Regarding the implications of an increasingly contingent faculty for both student learning and faculty careers, the development of campus policies for the integration of lecturer faculty into the life of the institution responds to an effort to achieve equity among academic colleagues. Emeritus status is one step toward parity extended to faculty currently appointed to contingent and noncontingent lecturer positions. Acknowledging that the criterion for granting emeritus status varies from campus to campus, we note that at least 16 campuses currently have in place, policies that include emeritus status opportunities for non tenure-track employees. 3
Approved Unanimously – January 23, 2014
1 AS-3068-12/FA (March, 2012), “Calling for the Review or Creation of Campus Policies on Emeriti Faculty” www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2011-2012/documents/3068.pdf
2 CSU Instructional Faculty, by Tenure Status, 1990 to 2011 (Systemwide) http://www.calfac.org/faculty
3 Campus emeritus faculty policies with language related to non-tenure track faculty eligibility are marked with an