ered in the N. C. General Assembly. The measure is intended to save the state $3 million that otherwise would have to be spent hiring new instructors. Lobbying efforts by UNC have ncouraged the Legislature to change the wording of the proposal to make it less pecific, but it is still troublesome, accord- ing to Evelyn Hawthorne, associate vice chancellor for government relations. "This is a big slap in the face for esearch faculty," said Hawthorne."The Legislature needs to understand that these professors are the best bargain around." At the end of August, legislators were still debating the language of the measure. A UNC System study last spring showed that tenured and tenure-track pro- fessors at 13 of the 16 campuses averaged at least 15 credit hours ofteaching, or five classes, in the 1999-2000 academic year. The exceptions were UNC-Greensboro, with 13. 8 hours, and the system's two research universities - N.C. State, with 12. 2 hours, and Carolina, with 10. 4 hours. Faculty members at Carolina say their teaching loads are comparable to faculty at other research universities. "Those of us hired at Carolina and State were hired under the premise that research and publication were important parts of our jobs - as important as teach- ing. So we need time to actually do that," said Dr. Helen Tibbo, a professor in UNe's top-rated School of Information and Library Science."All of our peers - like Michigan and Berkeley - are teach- ing a 2-2 [four courses per year] load." It is insulting, said Tibbo, to suggest hat professors don't work hard enough. She said she puts in a 40-hour work- week with teaching, advising and commit- tee work, not including additional hours pent on research and writing grant pro- posals, and added that some ofher col- leagues work more than 60 hours a week. Sen. Howard Lee ' 66 (MSW), chair of the Senate's appropriations committee and a Democrat representing Chapel Hill, said the proposal was recommended by the subcommittee on education to find another way to maximize efficiency on
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