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Report looks at U of I faculty concerns

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 1:03 p.m. CDT

URBANA — A new draft report from the University of Illinois' flagship campus attempts to address concerns raised by faculty who aren't on tenure tracks.

The new report outlines how instructors and others who aren't on tenure tracks can be promoted. It also proposes a new title, teaching professor. The job would be focused on teaching rather than a mix of instruction and research.

According to The News-Gazette, the report also encourages offering multiyear contract to instructors who aren't tenured. Such contracts are rare.

Reliance on non-tenured faculty has increased in recent years. The campus has 363 full-time non-tenure-track faculty members.

Concerns about relatively low pay and job security for such positions have become a national issue.

Response to the report will now be up to colleges and departments around campus.

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