HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University Calumet’s chancellor said Thursday
that the school will lay off seven more tenure-track faculty members and is
offering early retirement packages in addition to bigger cuts it already was
planning because of declining enrollment.
Chancellor Thomas Keon announced the new cuts at a faculty meeting. The
school said in April that it planned to cut 50 tenure-track positions by the
end of next year.
The school is notifying the seven faculty members that their contracts won’t
be renewed once they expire in a year or two, campus spokesman Wes Lukoshus
Twelve faculty members already have committed to taking the early retirement
package that’s available to eligible professors through Sunday, the day
before a new contract year begins for about 250 tenured and tenure-track
faculty on the Hammond campus, Lokushus said.
Keon told faculty members the early retirement offer and layoffs were
introduced in response to continued enrollment declines, with emphasis in
targeted academic areas in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences;
the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics; the
Department of Chemistry and Physics; and Department of Construction Science
and Organizational Leadership, The (Munster) Times reported.
Keon said the campus has cash reserves and will be able to continue for this
2013-14 school year. He said the plans are being put in place for the
following year and the future.
Keon said the campus will invest more into its web site to attract students
and better compete with universities across Indiana. Keon said expanding its
athletic program has helped the campus attract students, and he said the
College of Education and the College of Nursing both continue to grow.
“We’re going through enormous change,” Keon said. “... While we are going
through this pain, we’ll take the corrective steps and be a better