The Board of Trustees has approved $400,000 to hire additional full-time faculty for the 2011-12 academic year.
It is the first phase in a two-year plan to “reestablish the hiring of faculty as the most important of our budgetary priorities,” President Bill Law said.
The positions will be advertised soon so that the college can conduct interviews in February and March and have the faculty in place by late spring, Law said, instead of waiting until July or August to hire faculty.
“We need to get to first in the hiring line instead of the end of the hiring line,” Law said.
Full-time faculty hiring has not kept up with growth, Law said.
In his memo to the board, he wrote that the list of needs “demonstrates with great clarity the fact that we cannot continue to grow our programs and courses if we are not prepared to make faculty hiring a clear and enduring priority.”
The college plans to hire 22 full-time faculty members for next year; 13 of those will be new positions. The rest are replacements for retirees or represent a shift of positions. Another 17 positions will be added in 2012-13.
The 2011-12 positions are:
Developmental reading/writing, St. Petersburg/Gibbs
Developmental reading/writing, Tarpon Springs
Humanities/Fine Arts, Seminole
Developmental math, St. Petersburg/Gibbs
Developmental math, Tarpon Springs
Psychology, Tarpon Springs
Economics, St. Petersburg/Gibbs
Database/Technology, St. Petersburg/Gibbs
Health Services Administration, Health Education Center
Intro to Education/Early Education, St. Petersburg/Gibbs*
Intro to Microcomputers/Microcomputer Applications
*May be filled by transfer