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MEDIA ADVISORY: Who teaches at UC Berkeley?

ATTENTION: Bay Area news media

28 August 2002
Contact: Media Relations
(510) 642-3734


 

WHAT:
Today (Wednesday, 8/28/02) the American Federation of Teachers, which represents lecturers, has told the University its members will not hold classes. To clarify how much the lecturers, faculty and others teach at UC Berkeley, we have provided the university's data below. Also, a reminder that information on the strike's impact on campus activities is available on the UC Berkeley website, http://www.berkeley.edu/news/labor/

 
 

WHEN:
August 28, 2002

 
 

BACKGROUND:
WHO TEACHES AT UC BERKELEY?

Ladder-Rank Faculty, 58% of primary courses*
Also known as "Senate Faculty", these are assistant, associate and full professors who are tenure-track or have tenure. In addition to teaching, ladder-rank faculty have research responsibilities.

Lecturers, 22%
Lecturers are professionals in their field who supplement teaching at the university. Some lecturers are hired because they provide unique expertise, others teach in special programs such as the College Writing Program. Lecturers also teach classes for faculty on sabbatical or on leave. Their positions do not require them to conduct research.

In fall 2001, lecturers taught 24% of undergraduate classes and 12% of graduate classes.

Graduate Student Instructors, 5%
These are graduate students who teach as part of their education; they are paid instructors.

Other, 15%
This includes visiting faculty, retired professors called back to teach, clinical faculty and others.

*Note: These percentages are an overall estimate based on a review of data over five years. All of the data refer to primary courses offered to undergraduate and graduate students. Secondary courses, such as labs and discussion sessions that augment a class are not included in the total.

 
    


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