The human resources trend in higher education is to have very few tenure-track faculty and hire a lot of adjunct professors to teach students. It’s a trend that many academics deplore but it’s a good way for colleges to save money. Well one college isn’t going along with it.
According to a piece by Paul Fain at Inside Higher Ed:
Delta College [right], a two-year institution located in Michigan, has moved to make all of its full-time faculty positions either tenured or tenure-track. That means about 55 instructors at Delta have the option of replacing their one-year renewable contracts with tenure-track status.
The decision bucks a trend toward the hiring of adjunct professors and keeping them off the tenure track, at community colleges and across most of higher education. And the conversion of existing positions to tenured, as opposed to just hiring new professors, is considered the Holy Grail for adjunct advocates.
According to the article, Delta said this move won’t cost much and will help with recruiting. The college apparently explained that most professors already tend to stay at the school for many years, even without tenure.