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
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Kettering University
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"With willing hands and open minds, the future
will be greater than the most fantastic story you
can write.."  Charles Kettering.