Teaching faculty make up between 75% and 80% of all bargaining unit members for NTFC Local #6546. These Instructors, Lecturers, Teaching Assistant Professors, and Teaching Associate Professors teach a significant part of all undergraduate classes on campus and online. They are particularly numerous in the Departments of English, Mathematics, Statistics, Accounting, Business, Communication, Agriculture, and in the performing arts.
Teaching faculty teach both graduate and undergraduate classes. In fact, some specialized faculty teach only graduate students in programs such as business, accounting, and Labor & Employment Relations. We also have members who teach international students who are not enrolled at the University, at the Intensive English Institute.
Many teaching faculty have the terminal degree in their field, usually a Ph.D. or an MFA. In the past, all those with such a degree were given the title of Lecturer. Recently, many departments have created positions for specialized faculty with terminal degrees, with the title of Teaching (Assistant/Associate) Professor. Those whose highest degree is an MA or MS, are typically given the title of Instructor.
In general, title and promotion and length of service are not related to salary for teaching faculty. Like other specialized faculty, teaching faculty almost always worked on a nine month basis with a year to year contract, until NTFC won multiyear contracts for our bargaining unit members.