TESOL Member Resolution on the Use of Part-Time Instructors (1988)

Whereas TESOL is concerned that there is an excessive use of part-time instructors in many ESOL programs; and

Whereas in order for the growing population of ESOL students to succeed they must be given effective ESOL programs staffed by instructors working under appropriate conditions; and

Whereas most part-time positions are created for other than educationally sound reasons; and

Whereas many part-time instructors have academic credentials and professional experience equal to those of full-time instructors, but the conditions under which these part-time instructors are employed define them as non-professionals; and

Whereas the academic quality, instructors' morale, productivity, and professional development of ESOL programs are detrimentally affected by the inappropriate use of part-time faculty;

Therefore Be It Resolved that TESOL urge agencies, institutions, and programs that provide ESOL instruction to make new and concerted efforts to eliminate the inappropriate use of part-time instructors, and

Be It Further Resolved that in cases where part-time instructors must be hired, TESOL urge: that these instructors be provided with adequate working conditions, salary, and benefits in fair proportion to those customarily available to full-time instructors; that these instructors be allowed a full range of professional responsibilities including participation in determining program policies and planning the courses they teach, and that they be appropriately compensated for these responsibilities; and that the professional status and contributions of these instructors be recognized by the accordance of job security, orientation, appropriate rank, review, promotion, opportunities for professional development, and other privileges accorded to full-time instructors, and

Be It Further Resolved that TESOL makes this resolution known to its members through publication in its newsletter, and

Be It Finally Resolved that upon request of TESOL members, TESOL send copies of this resolution to appropriate administrators, academic officers, and faculty in agencies, institutions, and programs that are concerned with ESOL instruction.

1988 TESOL Convention
Chicago, Illinois USA

Note: This member resolution was voted upon during the annual business meeting of the association in 1988. Resolutions passed at the annual business meetings of the membership are not official policy of the association. The resolutions need a vote of approval by the Board of Directors.

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