Statement on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty

Developed by the College Section Steering Committee, September 2010

The National Council of Teachers of English endorses the following statements on working conditions and long-term security of employment.

Conditions of Employment

1. Fair Working Conditions

2. Fair Compensation

3. Involvement in Shared Governance

4. Respect and Recognition

Security of Employment

1. Instructors should be afforded the opportunity to earn tenure or, in the alternative, “long-term security of employment” as teaching specialists. Their position descriptions should recognize the specialized nature of their appointments, and evaluations should be tied to those position descriptions and conducted at intervals comparable to those of faculty in traditional tenure-line positions.


This position statement may be printed, copied, and disseminated without permission from NCTE.