Tuesday, July 9, 2024

WIU lays off 36 faculty members - Rich Egger, Tri States Public Radio

As the Western Illinois University administration strives to straighten out the school’s finances, some faculty members are losing their jobs. In a written statement issued to local media on Monday afternoon, the administration said: “In an ongoing commitment to achieving fiscal stability at Western Illinois University, 36 contracts for Unit B faculty have not been renewed. The University will continue to work toward a financially sustainable and thriving future, and WIU’s priorities remain the same: Western Illinois University ensures educational opportunity and access for all students and provides student-centered academic programs characterized by innovative teaching, research, and service, as well as an alignment with evolving industry demands, state priorities, and larger student interest.” Unit B instructors are non-tenure track faculty. They were notified late last week.