Hello Elizabeth, I have been in a staff position for three years now. The math department loved the fact that they got a freebie course taught every semester. It helped me to maintain contact with the faculty, they trusted my tutoring program more because I wasn't just a tutor, and as a tutor I gained more respect and trust from the students because I also taught classes. However, I was doing both the tutoring and the teaching as a part timer for two years before we could convince HR that it should be made a full time position. I had also left at the end of that time because it did not appear that the position would ever be created, and I needed better job security. Support from faculty and students followed, and six months later I was hired back. Elizabeth Bergman wrote: > > The math folks in our center feel adamant about adding teaching to their > job description. They would like to teach one math class per semester. We > are all staff. I agree with their proposal and wanted to do the same > myself, in my own area. My proposal was turned down, as theirs was. The > reasons given were that 1) there was not a faculty shortage, and 2) there > was no precedent and the staff/faculty status can't be mixed. (The second > reason was odd, since I myself have taught and one full-time faculty does > work a few hours per week in the center--and loves it.) > > I believe that teaching and working at the math center is good for > everyone. When it has been done, the faculty member's students come in for > help more than any other group of math students. Best of all, the math > specialist feels enriched by the classroom teaching experience and gains > insights into problems students are having. I know that a lot of learning > centers are staffed by faculty members and that others both teach and work > at the center. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to sell such a > proposal and how you've done it yourself? -- Craig Andres Tutor Program Coordinator [log in to unmask] (810)-762-9642 Kettering University (Continuing the GMI heritage) "With willing hands and open minds, the future will be greater than the most fantastic story you can write.." Charles Kettering.