Better To Not Create Lectureships?

An assistant professor who wishes to remain anonymous (“given the possibility that my department might proceed to hire a lecturer, I do not by any means want that individual to feel anything other than completely welcome in our department”) writes in with the following query:

“Say an institution is contemplating creating a new non-tenure-track lectureship position to staff an increasing demand for a variety of gen ed courses, both upper and lower division.  One could be of two minds whether the increase in such ‘Lecturer’ positions is a net value to the profession of philosophy as a whole: on the one hand, it may be creating a stable, full time job which may not otherwise exist, on the other hand, it may contribute to the erosion of the tenure system and indicate a lack of support for scholarship in philosophy. I wonder if members of the philosophical community would provide some context and perspective.”


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