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Middle Tennessee State U. Eases Timeline for Controversial Change in Adjuncts’ Job Titles

Middle Tennessee State University has scrapped an attempt to revise the contracts of contingent faculty members in the middle of the academic year they had been hired for. University administrators had sought contract amendments changing the adjuncts’ titles from professors to lecturers, saying a Tennessee Board of Regents policy required them to do so. The American Association of University Professors sharply criticized the administrators’ move. The university now says it will honor the contracts for faculty already hired and establish a time frame for bringing their job titles into compliance with the regents’ policy.

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