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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To make matters worse, some schools have even closed or significantly reduced their IEP's.

A friend of mine in NYC who taught at the University of New York Wink Wink Wink said that last year (or was it the year before) the school basically said that there are too many students in ESL classes and that if the students have been accepted to UNY, they should be exempt from taking Eng courses.

So in a matter of just one semester, the IEP, despite climbing enrollment numbers for the school in general (domestic and overseas), lost over 40% of its students and had to let teachers go and stop hiring. Luckily for some teachers who have been there for a while, the school offered them buyout packages equivalent to two semesters' worth of salary (~$40k-50k depending on how many classes one teaches) because the school is unionized.

Another reason why organized labor is supremely important. Despite their flaws, they do raise the overall salaries and do offer concrete protections. Say what you will about the free market, but when creative destruction comes for you, you bet your ass that you will become a socialist just like that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:24 pm    Post subject: Student slump? Reply with quote

Student slump = budget slump. Several colleges in VA have hit an all-time low in enrollment in ALL depts. The parking lot and halls of campus have been eerily empty. There may no longer be summer classes at all!

To Heidi - I'm sorry about your colleagues in NY but glad to hear they had union support. Unfortunately, VA does not.

For fall, FT faculty do not have sufficient enrollees; consequently, many adjuncts will not have a job since FT quotas must be met first. Two FT English faculty retired recently but the new hires were contacted and contract offers rescinded. There is now a hiring freeze, leaving 40+ positions vacant. In addition, state college system has increased enrollment cap again and a class must reach 75% of that number to avoid cancellation And this represents only phase 1 of reductions to offset budget deficits.
Some English/ESL adjuncts have accepted FT positions at p.s. Even admin ass't positions have been eliminated, leaving those duties to dept heads (of whom there are so few!) or student workers. As an aside, recent law school grads lament that many job offers are PART-TIME! Precarious times in education and the FT job market, at least here. I wonder how other US tertiary institutions are faring these days.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just did a nationwide search for ESL positions at the college level on The results yielded 34 full time and 204 part time openings. If you are in the United States and plan the teach ESL, it seems like your best bet is to get a K-12 public school certification. Yeah, dealing with children is more headache, but it much better pay and job stability.
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