More than 750 lecturers at UC Berkeley fear for their jobs after the university expanded its hiring freeze.
Lecturers with six years or less of experience on campus originally were exempt from the hiring freeze announced April 1. But UC Berkeley officials subsequently revised terms of the freeze to include those lecturers.
The lecturers, already frustrated by a lack of job stability, view the move as essentially a precursor to layoffs.
“They call it a hiring freeze, but the fact people can’t get reappointed means they will in fact be laid off,” said Marianne Kaletzky, a lecturer in English and Comparative Literature.
UC Berkeley reappoints most lecturers with less than six years of experience — known as “pre-continuing” — on a yearly basis, and sometimes semester-by-semester.