Thursday, February 12, 2009

Making the staff teach to save money

Heh. This article in the Chronicle (behind the paywall, sorry) explains how one college is getting their staff and administrators to teach classes in order to save money:

Ms. Townsley said officials were selecting teachers from a pool of staff members and administrators "who are professionally qualified and want to teach so that we maintain quality in the classroom." The goal is to have them teach during the day, in the college's evening program, or online. They will get time during their regular work day to teach, grade papers, and perform other teaching-related duties, she said. Those who don't end up teaching will take on the duties of their co-workers who are.

"This just organically grew out of what we'd been doing," said Alan J. Reinhardt, vice president and dean of academic affairs and one of the people who suggested the cost-cutting move to Ms. Townsley. With a vice president and dean of student services teaching in the psychology department, a director of development who writes for the college magazine and has taught in the English department, and a director of human resources who has taught human-resources courses both online and live, among others, the framework was already in place, Mr. Reinhardt says.

Getting teaching rolled into my job was something I continually argued for. I lost. Funny that for one college, it becomes a cost-saving strategy rather than something that might make staff jobs more interesting and give them important perspective on the teaching side of the college.