Thursday, February 9th, 2017

BALCA on definition of university teaching: Matter of Mercer University


"Employer argues that the job duty of “instruction activities” is synonymous with teaching under any common-sense interpretation of the English language. Employer goes on to point out that 'there has never been any requirement that an individual perform only teaching duties in order to qualify as a college or university teacher. . . Indeed, such a requirement would disqualify nearly all faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities, as research and community service are almost universally required for contemporary faculty positions.' (AF 13-14) We find these arguments persuasive, especially in light of the fact that the regulations do not require any specific definitions or terminology to describe the duties of a college or university teacher." - Matter of Mercer