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BGSU cuts more faculty PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:04
The faculty union is promising to challenge the Bowling Green State University's decision not to renew the contracts of 30 non-tenure track positions.
The university made the announcement of the cuts Monday in a letter to faculty.
Provost Rodney Rogers said Monday that the cuts will save the university $1.4 million. The bulk, 26, will come from the College of Arts and Sciences, with two coming from the College of Business and single cuts from the College of Education and Firelands College. Rogers said the cuts were spread out among the college's various departments.
The university was required to notify non-tenure track faculty who have seven or more years at BGSU by Dec. 1, with later deadlines for those with less service. However, all 30 faculty members were notified now. Rogers said eight people had seven or more years of experience, nine had four to six years of experience, and 13 had three or fewer years of experience.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:16
Rossford council pay on ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:21
ROSSFORD - Rossford voters will be asked to give pay increases to members of City Council and the mayor by approving amendments to the city charter.
One amendment would hike pay for members of council to $8,400 annually up from $3,000, and for council president to $9,000 annually, up from $3,300. The other would increase the pay for mayor to $18,000, up from $7,500.
The pay hikes were first approved by council in January, but later rescinded. The move to increase the pay was prompted by a change in the state retirement system that raised the amount officials needed to be paid in order to be eligible for a state retirement system pension.
Council pay has not been raised in 20 years.
Also, a survey showed that Rossford's mayor and council members were, with one exception, the lowest-paid in the area.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 23:14
BGSU faculty voice concern PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:29
Ongoing concerns about the effects of reductions in the size of the teaching staff were aired at the Bowling Green State University faculty senate meeting Tuesday.
Provost Rodney Rogers reported that statistics show only a slight drop in the number of courses taught by full-time faculty. He said 74.3 percent of courses were taught by full-time faculty this semester as compared to 75.6 percent the same time last year. He noted a few more courses were taught by part-time faculty, and the number of courses taught by graduate students fell from 3 percent to 1.9 percent.
The average class size was 21.4 students, up from 20.7 students last year.
But faculty senators questioned how this could remain so if the size of the faculty was expected to decline.
Judith Edminster, of the English Department, wondered if the administration had a plan to maintain the size of classes.
Rogers responded that part of the answer was looking at the course sections offered to meet students' general education requirements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:20
Seminar initiates conversation about race PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 14 October 2013 10:46
Jim Litwin, left, and Jack Taylor. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jim Litwin and Jack Taylor want to get people talking.
And the subject is race.
The local residents, both of whom have served on Bowling Green's Human Relations Commission, said the need for community conversation was demonstrated again last week by the controversy over a racially-charged tweet directed at the Black Student Union at Bowling Green State University.
The topic is as old as the country, yet much to the chagrin of Taylor it never gets old. Taylor, an African-American, said his reaction to the tweet controversy was: "Do I have to deal with this again?"
He said while some white Americans may be tired of having to talk about race, he said he was tired of the persistence of conditions that make the conversation ever urgent.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 13:40
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