Thursday, December 3, 2020
Inside Higher Ed, Professors Fight Spring 2021 Face-to-Face Teaching Mandates:
With coronavirus case counts rising in many parts of the country and no vaccine yet widely available, academe is still far from normal. Yet a number of campuses are pushing for more normalcy, in the form of more face-to-face courses for spring.
College and universities seeking more in-person instruction next term cite student demand for it, among other factors. Politics and institutional finances are also undoubtably at play. And so faculty members and graduate students are urging their institutions, by various means, to pump the brakes on face-to-face mandates and to widen exemption criteria for instructors seeking to stay remote.
In Florida, for instance, faculty unions at three public universities -- the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University -- are filing grievances against their institutions regarding in-person instruction. These actions follow other forms of outreach by professors to their administrations.