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With more than 1,500 members, the non-tenured faculty is the second largest group of people at the University after the students. It consists of four status groups: (1) the members of the research staff and doctoral students employed by the HSG, (2) the post-docs and assistant professors, (3) the permanent lecturers and (4) all lecturers. They are rarely in the limelight but fulfil important functions. For instance, the more than 500 lecturers provide high-quality teaching year after year, and researchers of the non-tenured faculty are involved in two out of three of the HSG's academic publications.
"We want to map this heterogeneity better in institutional terms,
do justice to the various requirements and improve the flow of information."
Representing the various interests of the four status groups is the job of the institutional nontenured faculty. "Its heterogeneity is a great challenge," says Erik Hofmann, Adjunct Professor of and Permanent Lecturer in Business Administration, who has been President of the Non-Tenured Faculty since Spring Semester 2016. "You have to be open and able to empathise with the various worries." Issues in this respect range from employment conditions to plain recognition and appreciation.
In order to strengthen the non-tenured faculty, Hofmann initiated a reform project under the aegis of the Vice-President's Board for Research & Faculty. "We want to map this heterogeneity better in institutional terms, do justice to the various requirements and improve the flow of information," explains Erik Hofmann. Now the non-tenured faculty has a parliament like the Student Union, which consists of two elected representatives of each status group, two delegates from each of the five Schools, and the President.
In the last point, in particular, the approach is fundamentally different from that pursued by the students: "In the new non-tenured faculty parliament, everything comes together − this also includes the conceptual integration of the presidency," explains Erik Hofmann. "The new structure strengthens the effectiveness of the non-tenured faculty while responsibility is distributed among several people at the same time."
The parliament will meet for its first, constituent meeting in Autumn Semester 2018. In the future, Erik Hofmann would be especially pleased if the non-tenured faculty became even more selfconfident. "Particularly because members of the non-tenured faculty are often defined by what they are not (yet), we need a positive self-concept."