Here is an opinion piece by one of our readers…..
I just read your latest post – bull’s eye !
The part time faculty issue is a national scandal, and Lakeland is one of the very worst offenders. The disparity between the pay of part time and full time faculty is unforgivable, to say nothing of the outrageous pay of administrators.The misuse of part time faculty is an ongoing source of resentment. Full timers feel threatened – if part time faculty perform capably for a fraction of the cost, what is the justification for full time salary and benefits ?
Regardless of the Administration braying to the contrary, LCC part time faculty are paid considerably less than the national average.
The staff has been cautioned to be on their best behavior because the organization that accredits colleges is about to visit. If they only knew…..
(LFC Comment: Here is a little bit of history from our reader’s perspective)
By all accounts, Dr. Rodehorst was an outstanding administrator. He built Lakeland from scratch. At some point in the late 70’s he ran afoul of the trustees and was suspended. He returned to work, but in 1981, they conspired to dismiss him.
This was the beginning of LCC’s downward spiral, which was greatly accelerated by the so – called “presidency” of Ralph Doty. This twelve year interlude has had disastrous consequences which define Lakeland to this day. For example, Morris Beverage was Doty’s idea.