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The math, writing, reading, and computer specialists in our center all teach classes in their disciplines; however, it is not part of their job descriptions, although their job descriptions say it is desirable.  Instead, they have staff positions in the center, and they teach as adjuncts.  Thus, they get separate compensation for teaching.  I'm not sure what persons you have to convince that this is desirable, but I would start with one department chair.  If you could convince one chair to hire one person, you would be setting the precedent.
Start with the most user friendly chair in your institution, and be certain the staff person has all the credentials of the faculty in that discipline and that he/she will shine.  A couple of our staff people now get first choice at classes.  Good luck!
Leta Tyhurst
Learning Center Coordinator
Longview Community College (suburb of Kansas City, Missouri)

>>> Elizabeth Bergman <[log in to unmask]> 11/02/99 11:27AM >>>
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?