They Complained About Their Office. Then Kean U. Took Their Jobs Away.

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Emma Pettit, Chronicle

Heather E. Connors got good news in December. Because Kean University values its general-education faculty, a letter from the provost said, any lecturer who returned in the fall would get a pay bump, including her.

But in March another letter arrived, this time bearing bad news. The provost would not be recommending Connors, who teaches writing, for reappointment.

In fact, 10 of the department’s 18 lecturers would not be recommended for reappointment, even though all 18 received the same letter that Connors did in December, said James A. Castiglione, president of the New Jersey university’s faculty union.

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