Case 14. Part-time Employees
Professor Molly Rosell, Chair of a mid-sized department, has been notified by her Dean that the school is under financial pressure and that as a result, the Sociology Department will be downsized. Scott Katz, an untenured faculty member in his fourth year, has been evaluated by the faculty in the past as an excellent classroom teacher whose research productivity is not up to expected levels. In this university, tenure track faculty are hired on an annual basis until they are considered for tenure in their sixth year. The Dean suggests strongly that Scott Katz be terminated because of his slow research progress. The Dean offers Chair Rosell temporary allocations for instructors - funded by the course - in order to lower costs but maintain (or even increase) the student credit hours for the department.
1. What are the ethical obligations of Chair Rosell
faculty members like Scott Katz during downsizing actions? What steps
should the Chair take to ensure that fair employment and termination
procedures are in place?