Nearly all of the full-time lecturers in Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education will be laid off later this year, union officials said Tuesday.
Ten of the 11 full-time lecturers will be out of work as of August and won’t be working during the next school year, said Robert Vodicka, staff organizer of the EMU Federation of Teachers Local 9102.
Of those who received layoff notices, seven are student teaching supervisors who have placed thousands of students in classroom assignments. The other three are in the teacher education department, Vodicka said.
The incident adds to turmoil that has erupted in EMU’s education school over the past year. Last fall, program instructors asked the Board of Regents to sever EMU’s relationship with the state Education Achievement Authority.
Union officials are concerned about tarnishing the university’s nationally known standing in teacher education.
“The members are concerned that this is really going to harm the students in the college and harm the reputation of the college,” Vodicka said.
EMU spokespeople could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.