LMU eliminating 13 faculty positions

6:27 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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More than a dozen faculty members at Lincoln Memorial University won't have a job after the end of the semester.

LMU issued non-renewal notices last week to 13 faculty members in its Carter and Moyers School of Education.

Faculty at LMU are not tenured, and operate on year to year contracts.

School officials say they had to make the cuts because of an expected drop in enrollment in graduate education programs.

They project that the school will drop from about 700 to 1000 students in those programs, to only 200.

"It's really unfortunate to see that happen, especially with such a talented faculty as we have. But we're doing as much as we can to help these folks by letting them know as soon as we have so they can get out and find employment elsewhere," said Kate Reagan, who is LMU's Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations

School officials say many of the program's students are from Georgia, which offers an incentive program for teachers with advanced degrees.

The state recently made changes to its program, and LMU's graduate programs no longer qualify, leading to the expected drop in enrollment.

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