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Who are Rutgers' Non-Tenure Track Faculty?

Submitted by Sherry Wolf on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:37

A letter from the NTT's bargaining team chair, Ann Gordon.

Dear Colleague,

To understand our contract proposals in the current negotiations regarding non-tenure track (NTT) faculty, we need to know who are the NTTs and what are their jobs.  

The 861 NTTs are 29% of the full-time faculty at Rutgers.  Our numbers grow every year.  

Nearly fifty percent of the NTT faculty is female, significantly higher than in the tenure-track faculty. From some vantage points in the University, NTT faculty appears to be a transient population of people on their way to “real jobs” or back to their home country. That’s simply inaccurate. Careers are built at Rutgers with many NTTs serving for decades, leading distinguished programs, bringing in grants, and teaching our students.

We work in almost every department in the university. Most of us fall within four categories.  NTTs are

  • 371 instructional faculty
  • 367 research faculty
  • 113 clinical faculty
  • 10 librarians

NTT faculty are scholars teaching exercise science, landscape architecture, English composition, costume design, digital filmmaking, social work, legal writing, accounting, and physics. They are scholars researching molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, earth sciences, biomaterials, and municipal governments.

Whatever our titles, the fact is: what we have in common is job insecurity. By definition and design, NTT faculty lack the economic and professional guarantees provided by the tenure system, but this does not mean we cannot have great job security. 

We seek longer contracts for all NTT faculty, due process with regard to reappointments and promotions, and higher salaries. More details from the union’s proposals to the administration will be coming soon. 

In Solidarity,

Ann D. Gordon
Chair, NTT Bargaining Team
Research Professor Emerita

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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