“Miami is bleeding full-time faculty,” Wagner said.
“We are deeply concerned about the huge drop in the number of full-time instructional staff from 2019-20 to 2020-21 — almost 150 full-time (instructors) and over 300 short-term (instructors) overall — a decrease of 13%. That’s nearly double the drop for both non-instructional staff and management.”
“Meanwhile, at the Oxford campus, enrollment of the first-year, incoming class grew by nearly 18%,” she said.
Miami’s main Oxford campus and its two regional schools in Hamilton and Middletown were closed Thursday and Friday due to the winter storm.
Miami officials, however, responded late Friday afternoon to the unionizing efforts, saying: “We are driven by our mission to provide a high-quality education for our students, and we invest heavily in exceptional faculty who bring that academic excellence to life.”
“We have extraordinary faculty and our administration is deeply committed to our system of shared governance in which we work together toward providing a rigorous academic experience to our deserving students,” said Miami Spokeswoman Jessica Rivinius.
“We value our productive and positive relationship with our primary university governing body, University Senate, which is a democratic body and reservoir of knowledge composed of students, faculty, staff, and administrators where we discuss university issues and through true collective decision-making arrive at conclusions on the policies and actions of the university,” Rivinius said.
The university is the largest employer in Butler County.
FAM officials said they currently working to document faculty concerns, which is the first step in their drive to form a union.
If enough Miami faculty sign on to the unionization effort, then an application to Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board will be made to authorize a union formation vote by the school’s instructors.