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Symposium to unveil UT-RGV outline

By Magaly Rosales, UTB Collegian

Profs remain concerned about tenure at new university

About 20 local members of the Texas Faculty Association met March 22 to plan a Texas Southmost College chapter, increase membership and discuss the consolidation of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American into UT-Rio Grande Valley.

The members consist of UTB and TSC faculty.

“We engage with faculty if there is a problem with administration, for example,” Terence Garrett, a UTB government professor and president of the Texas Brownsville United Faculty local chapter, said about the chapter. “There’s a lot of uncertainty with what is going to happen with UT-RGV. There’s no guarantee that the faculty will even have tenure.”

Garrett said that with the UTB and TSC split last year, more than 250 faculty and staff lost their jobs.

“People with tenure thought they were safe before the split and they weren’t, and tenure wasn’t the most important consideration,” he said.

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