Forty FAMU Faculty Members Awaiting Letters

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Forty FAMU faculty members may be on edge this weekend as they await a letter that may determine their future with the university.

A report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools rates FAMU in "non-compliance" when it comes to employing competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution, particularly in the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and two engineering programs.

"Right now our graduate program is in need of faculty that can do publication and can do research. At the present time, we don't have the faculty line to do that," said Doris Ballard-Ferguson, an associate dean in FAMU's School of Nursing.

In a separate, but related story, Bill Tucker with FAMU's faculty union says grievances have been filed from the eight faculty members laid off from the business school.

Now each faculty member is awaiting a hearing with the university.