Kean lecturers 800

Linh Tat, Politico

A decision by Kean University not to renew the contracts of more than a dozen full-time lecturers — the majority of whom spoke out earlier this school year after losing their private office spaces — has the faculty union accusing the school’s administration of retaliation.

Also an issue for the union is the fact that the majority of the affected employees are women or people of color — a concern highlighted by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, the chair of her chamber’s higher education committee, in a letter to university officials, a copy of which POLITICO obtained.

“I write to respectfully request reconsideration of what I believe to be an ill-advised decision to not renew the contracts of a significant number of your professional staff and lecturers,” Jasey (D-Essex) wrote in the April 18 letter to university President Dawood Farahi and members of the Board of Trustees.

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