ECU Faculty Say They Want A Hiring Freeze

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

In efforts to save their jobs, faculty from East Carolina University have suggested a hiring freeze among other recommendations.

ECU Faculty and the American Association of University Professors have approved a recommendation to the university to avoid expected layoffs.

Their recommendation, a hiring freeze and the elimination of administrative stipends. Last month, the state announced a reduction in government spending toward education.

That would force the university to make budget cuts, including faculty. As it stands right now, ECU will lay off 147 teaching faculty and staff positions.

Janice Tovey who holds the Senate Chair of the faculty, says the elimination of administrative stipends would save nearly 4 million dollars a year. Tovey says the faculty understands cutbacks may have to be made, but she wants the university to make "strategic and precise" cuts.

ECU media relations director, John Durham, says "We have received a number of good suggestions from faculty members, and faculty members whom are serving on the Budget Task Force and other groups that are working to help us get through these challenging times successfully."

Tovey, says the faculty wants to open up a lane of communication between the Faculty Senate and the University Board of Governors to find a resolution.

The university says the number of jobs lost will be determined by the upcoming university budget, which faculty members say normally comes out during the summer.

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  • by Bill Location: Wilson on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    What this imples is that the faculty thinks that ECU should keep professor X(history, English, etc.) even if that positon is no longer needed, but be prevented from hiring professor Y(math, biotechnology, science, etc.) even if the new position is needed to meet student demand.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Apr 8, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    Actually, the university hasn't been hiring anyone unless it's been approved for the past several months, so a hiring freeze is not new. To John: in response to your post, over 3000 people participated in the survey the university issued, and the majority were staff members who'd been employed 5 years or less. Tenured faculty had the least representation in the survey. Guess since they feel their jobs are safe, they have no reason to participate in a survey that affects everyone.
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    A survey was sent to faculty and staff. Those who took it gave great suggestions, they just didn't listen. And they never really listen to staff suggestions anyway.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    They're just now considering a hiring freeze? I work for the State and we've been under a hiring freeze for sometime now.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    No they have asked the Faculty not the staff that actually keep the university running. The faculty will still always get their pay raises while staff members have to wait 3 years to get anything but vacation time.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    I am proud of ECU for suggesting the option of a hiring freeze and eliminating administrative stipends in order to avoid job cuts. We all need to make sacrifices during these difficult times in order to help our fellow man. This is a compassionate decision. GO PIRATES!
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2009 at 03:58 AM
    It is good that they at least take recomendations from staff. To often companies ingnore employees with really good idea's. The best calls are often ones made by the ones actually doing the work, not someone who sits in an office accross town that really has no clue what the job really consist of. You guy's at ECU at least be thankful of that.
  • by Linda Steelman Location: Greenville on Apr 7, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    The freeze is great, except for employees like me that are on grant money, but with several thousand grants lost in the last 3 years and no grants in sight for cancer research - my job may go bye-bye after working here for almost 21 years. I want to continue the research I do and stay in the laboratory and department I am in and continue the important work that we do here. Many professors have been unable to get grants, not because their grants are bad, but because politics govern who gets them and sometimes the smaller universities are left out. I will continue to look for a job within the system.

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