The school, which is Butler County’s largest employer, regularly renews or discontinues contingent or supplemental teaching contracts – adjunct and other part-time instructors – months prior to an upcoming school year.
“Most universities employ contingent (visiting) faculty in a similar manner to what is done at Miami. Contingent or supplemental faculty have fixed term appointments for a maximum of one year,” said Carole Johnson, interim spokeswoman for Miami University.
Johnson did not respond Monday to requests seeking clarification on whether there were additional terminations of supplemental teachers for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
Johnson, however, said “all contingent or supplemental faculty receive a letter in February each year reminding them of this because we can never predict what our instructional needs will be in the future. This practice has been in place for many years, and Miami did not change the process this year.”
The number of instructors may change in the near future, said Johnson.
This fall, she said, “in addition to our over 900 continuing faculty members, we have already approved over 100 full-time visiting faculty members for next year and may hire more as confirmations for incoming first-year students are completed on June 1.”
The school’s main campus is in Oxford with regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown and a single-building learning center in West Chester Township.
Enrollment at the Oxford campus last fall was 17,327 undergraduates and 2,607 graduate students. Regional campuses in Hamilton, Middletown and the West Chester facility enroll 4,664 students combined.