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TESOL Member Resolution in Support of Campus Equity Week (CEW) and Conference on Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) (2002)

Whereas, TESOL in its 1981 Resolution, The Need for Qualified, Full-time Teachers, has affirmed that "high-quality ESL programs must be available to nonnative speakers of English to assure them a reasonable chance of achieving proficiency in English," and

Whereas, TESOL has, in that same resolution, also gone on record as affirming that "part-time teachers by the nature of their employment are under constraints which prevent their full participation in programs for which they are only provisionally hired," and

Whereas, TESOL has a history of declaring its concern about the overuse of part-time instructors, as evidenced by passing in 1988 a Resolution, Use of Part-time Instructors, endorsing in 1998 the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE’s) statement on part-time employment, and endorsing in 1999 the statement of purpose of the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW), and

Whereas, TESOL has been a partner in promotional campaigns, such as International Education Week 2001, that forward the TESOL mission, and

Whereas, TESOL has financially supported the Conference on Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) conference and has underwritten the cost of sending a representative to the aforementioned conference, and

Whereas, the profession of teaching ESOL is one of the most widely exploited by the use of many part-time, adjunct, or otherwise contingent faculty appointments of any field, now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That TESOL join forces with peer disciplinary associations in supporting, in spirit and in kind, Campus Equity Week (CEW) that seeks to draw attention to the unprincipled use of contingent academic labor at all levels of teaching ESOL, higher education, adult education, secondary education, elementary education where regular tenured faculty, whether full-time or part-time, would be more professionally appropriate, and be it further

Resolved, That TESOL continue to provide support for the annual Conference on Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL).

2002 TESOL Convention
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Note: This member resolution was voted upon during the annual business meeting of the association in the year noted. Resolutions passed at the annual business meetings of the membership are not official policy of the association. The resolutions need a vote of approval by the Board of Directors.