“A non-renewal notice informs a faculty member they will not be guaranteed a contract for the upcoming year,” Crafton wrote in an email Thursday to UWG employees. “However, we are working diligently to limit the impact of any funding losses on students, faculty and staff.”
UWG had about 590 faculty members last year, according to state data. The average faculty salary last year was about $61,000, state data shows.
Faculty Senate chair Judy Butler said administrators were being “fiscally responsible” concerning the university’s finances and stressed that Crafton said in one recent email there “may” be some faculty non-renewals.
“I believe our administrators have taken many factors into consideration and are being good stewards of the public’s funds,” Butler, a professor in UWG’s College of Education, said via email. “They are also being honest with faculty (including instructors and lecturers) who may not have a guaranteed job next year at UWG.”
Some Georgia colleges and universities over the last year have looked to fill budget gaps focusing on faculty. Savannah State University in November 2018 announced plans to lay off 26 non-tenured faculty members due to an enrollment decline. Morehouse College in Atlanta planned faculty furloughs, but reversed course about two weeks ago to prevent a faculty walkout.