With a sigh and a “hallelujah,” McKay Coble celebrated the advent of a third lecturer position on Friday.
In her last Faculty Council meeting as chairwoman, Coble saw the approval of a master lecturer position that would come in addition to the lecturer and senior lecturer positions that are already in place for fixed-term faculty within the College of Arts and Sciences.
It will not include a pay raise, but will be a higher recognition for faculty members who have spent considerable time at the University.
Coble said she has spent almost 20 years trying to get the master lecturer position approved and Jean DeSaix, the fixed-term faculty committee chairwoman, said the addition is welcomed.
“We just want a third ranking,” said DeSaix, also a senior biology lecturer. “This is just a title and we’re just happy to have it.”
Susan Irons, a fixed-term faculty committee member and a senior English lecturer, said the addition will appease concerns that fixed-term faculty lack a clear career trajectory.
“It’s timely and we have distinguished lecturers who have been working hard and deserve this,” Irons said.
The decision to approve the endorsement only came after much debate between council members about the possible gender connotation of the word “master.”
But Chancellor Holden Thorp said the council needed to approve the proposal to allow it to move on to the Board of Trustees, adding that wording should not hold it back.