Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 20, 2013

Jacksonville College restructures faculty

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The departure of two Jacksonville College faculty members and lower enrollment figures at the end of the semester has lead to a restructuring of positions, said college president Dr. Mike Smith.

“We made some adjustments and changes in departments because some have been called to move,” he said, adding that a decline in enrollment often means not bringing back adjunct teaching staff, who typically are not tenured faculty.

“Our numbers are a little down from what we wanted, so we made adjustments going into the spring semester,” Smith said. “It's pretty common; every semester our enrollment changes – you're up, you're down – and we make adjustments to that.”

At the close of the fall term, enrollment was at 525, of which roughly half are dual-credit students.

The faculty members who left taught mathematics and religion – one left to accept a position with a church in Gilmer.

Another instructor, who served in the music department, will be out for medical reasons, according to Smith.

 “And rather than hire, we used present faculty to fill those openings” Smith said. “We have not done away with (positions).”

The college employs approximately 100 workers. The teaching faculty comprises one-quarter of the staff.