Apparently planning to try to keep classes going even if faculty strike this semester, Rider’s administration has begun rounding up potential substitute teachers. In an action unprecedented during four decades of negotiations at Rider, the administration posted an advertisement on Aug. 12 on chroniclevitae.com, a respected website of higher education. The ad seeks applicants for “possible part-time openings in all disciplines in all departments beginning Fall 2014.”
The ad states that there may be part-time openings in the classroom and online, on both the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses. This ad has since been posted on a number of other websites including LinkedIn, simplyhired.com, and universityjobs.com, to name a few.
In response to the administration’s ads, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) posted an ad of its own on chroniclevitae.com suggesting that no one should apply to these part-time openings because the applicants would be serving as “strikebreakers.” The union’s ad has since been removed from the website because the ad was not offering a job.