Ccc Faculty 'Delighted' With 3-year Contracts

Moves Gives Veteran Teachers Added Job Security

March 22, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — While they still can't get tenure, some faculty members at Carroll Community College will have more job security through multi-year contracts.

"We're delighted," said Suzanne Dixon, chair of CCC's faculty organization. "It reflects confidence in our professionalism, and we appreciate that."

The Baltimore County Community Colleges Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night at its meeting to create a three-year contract, which it could offer to professors and instructors after they have completed three years at Carroll Community College.

"We ran around (Thursday morning) making sure everyone knew about it," said Dixon, an assistant professor of English.

The change has been a goal of ExecutiveDean Joseph F. Shields.

"It's not a revolutionary idea," he said."But it's extremely important from the standpoint of staff morale."

Until now, faculty contracts were up for renewal yearly. CCC is intransition between affiliation with Catonsville Community College, which hires the teaching staff, and becoming independent.

Catonsville Community College can grant tenure to its staff. But because its affiliation with Carroll Community College is temporary, tenure is notavailable for instructors hired specifically for Carroll.

Carrolldoes, however, have some tenured Catonsville professors among its faculty, which meant Carroll staff had to work alongside colleagues whohad the advantage of more job security.

"It was something of an indignity," Dixon said of the annual re-evaluation and self-evaluationshe and others had to undergo. Usually, they would finish out the school year teaching until June, unsure whether they still would have their jobs in August, she said.

Along with the three-year contracts, the trustees also approved a policy to let faculty know by March 1 whether their contracts would be renewed. Individual faculty members still will have to be accepted for the three-year contracts, and still can't get tenure.

But the new opportunity for more job security has offered a morale boost at a time when budget cuts have led to staff taking two unpaid furlough days this year.

"We've been smiling today," Dixon said.

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