Reflections on the Case Study: James Tuttle vs. Lakeland Community College
Religion and Philosophy
As a Chair of a large academic department that supervises over thirty adjunct faculty members, I have sympathy with all the parties in this case. I have sympathy for administrators trying to maintain academic oversight of many adjunct faculty members who are often just on campus to teach their courses. I have sympathy for adjunct faculty who are under paid and often do the bulk of teaching at the general education level with very little guidance on the mission and values of an institution. As long as their student evaluations do not cause alarm, benign neglect often defines their relationship to a university. The educational context that produced this dilemma is now commonplace in the academy today. After years of “suitable” service what are the reasons this case reached litigation? And if I were in James L. Brown’s shoes, what would I do?
Stelmach, Harlan, "Reflections on the Case Study: James Tuttle vs. Lakeland Community College" (2004). Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship. 221.
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