WESTMINSTER — Donald R. Jansiewicz works alongside the teaching staff at Carroll Community College.
Yet the coordinator of curriculum enjoys a status his colleagues do not: He has tenure.
"I see all around me people who don't have tenure and who can't get tenure," Jansiewicz said. "I see the feelings of insecurity that that brings."
Jansiewicz has tenure because he is employed by Catonsville Community College in Baltimore County, the Carroll college's parent institution. He has been assigned to Carroll to help strengthenits curriculum.
While Carroll Community College faculty members aren't likely any time soon to receive tenure, which provides permanent employment unless certain conditions (such as financial constraintsor poor job performance) arise, they could be eligible for long-termcontracts as early as the fall.
The Carroll administration has recommended faculty be eligible for three-year contracts.
It is awaiting approval from the Baltimore County Community Colleges Board of Trustees, which is expected to act on the recommendation in March.
Currently, CCC's faculty is hired on one-year contracts, a temporary status that both administrators and professors say creates morale andother problems.
"Currently, everyone has a one-year temporary contract," said James Bruns, director of instruction. "The way contractsare awarded, people can have their contract run out and still not have a new contract in hand for the new year. It creates anxiety."
Offering the college's faculty long-term contracts has been the "No. 1goal" of Executive Dean Joseph F. Shields since he assumed the post last summer.
Frederick J. Walsh, Catonsville Community College president, also supports the recommendation.
"People don't make a lotof money in education," Shields said. "One of things they enjoy is tenure.
"We're not ready to commit to tenure. At the same time, there are very definite benefits for staff morale and security with longer contracts. Pure and simple, it's job security."
Three-year contracts, which would be offered to faculty members who have worked at the college three years and have received annual satisfactory evaluations, are nothing new.
Other state community colleges, such as those in Montgomery and Frederick counties, offer similar contracts.
"It's not a revolutionary idea," Shields said. "But it's extremely important from the standpoint of staff morale."
CCC has about 30 faculty members. Bruns estimated about 15 would be eligible immediately for the long-term contracts.
He said tenure is not possible for CCCfaculty because the county contracts with Catonsville for the community college programs.
"If the (Board of Trustees) gives us tenure and Carroll decides to stop its contract with Catonsville, we would have the right to go down to the main campus and bump (others)," he said.
Carroll and Catonsville instructors are paid at the same salary rate.
Suzanne Dixon, chair of CCC's faculty organization, said temporary contracts have been "very unsettling" for faculty members.
"It's a little bit of an indignity," she said. "You feel like loosechange. When you're working side-by-side with colleagues with the same responsibilities and they have tenure, it's like being a second-class citizen."
Some tenured Catonsville instructors also teach at Carroll.
Dixon said the temporary contracts have made it difficult for CCC to hire faculty.
"One-year contracts put us at a considerable disadvantage to bring good people in," she said.
"Carroll is growing so fast that we need to have good people and offer them contracts that are generally offered in the educational community. It's very crucial."