UNH teacher Calls Firing 'Inhumane': Students Plan Rally in Support
DURHAM — Students at the University of New Hampshire are pushing back after the school announced it would not renew contracts for 18 lecturer position.
The lecturers are all part of the College of Liberal Arts and teach French, Spanish, Arabic, ESL, English History and Political Science.
Students have planned a campus solidarity rally at 11 a.m. Friday at Murkland Hall to protest the cuts.
According to event page set up on Facebook, "Cuts to lecturer positions will directly affect the quality of education at the University as well as the course options available to students."
More than 150 people have said they would attend the rally.
Close to 3,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org.
A copy of one of the letters from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts sent to a lecturer stated, "The reason for this non-renewal is that the College of Liberal Arts is currently confronted with a substantial deficit. With future programmatic needs foremost in mind, we have been forced to make some painful reductions and strategic realignments in teaching faculty."
On the Facebook page, Humans of UNH one of the teachers who was told her contract would not be renewed opened up about her career, which has spanned 20 years at UNH.
"To me, the way this was handled was inhumane," Cindy Pulkinnen said. "There's no integrity in what happened."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.