Labor & Work-Life Issues

Number of Cal State Lecturers Falls 18% in One Year

May 20, 2010

California State University campuses have reduced the number of lecturers they employ by 18 percent since a year ago, the system's faculty union reported on Thursday.

The decrease of 2,270 lecturers from May 2009 to this month reflects efforts by the system's 23 campuses to compensate for large cuts in state support by cutting the more-temporary lecture positions. By contrast, the number of tenured faculty fell by less than 2 percent.

The three campuses with the largest percentage declines in lecturer positions, according to the California Faculty Association, were East Bay, 36 percent; Stanislaus, 29 percent; and Sacramento, 25 percent.

A spokesman for Cal State said the union's numbers appeared to be fairly accurate. The spokesman, Erik Fallis, said that state budget cuts necessitated the loss of lecturers, and that the system would be dedicating $76.5-million in federal stimulus money to support about 12,000 new courses this year.