In the winter 2014 semester, Randy Lundy, a tenured English instructor at FNUniv until his position was terminated in 2010, was hired by the institution to teach Advanced Creative Writing III at the U of R.
"I was glad to have the opportunity to do it . . . At the same time . . . my office was at the U of R
, they were all U of R
students, and I got paid probably $2,000 less for teaching than if somebody else was paying me," says Lundy
says Edward Doolittle, then Program Head at FNUniv
, offered him the job after talking with Nicholas Ruddick, then the head of the U of R
English Department - which has faced funding cuts - about how the department would fill the position.
Ruddick says Lundy
teaching the class meant the department only had to offer three, as opposed to four, cross-listed 400- and 800-level courses that semester.
teaching the course was a "win-win situation for both sides," he
said, adding that the course, like all offered by FNUniv
, worked toward U of R
degrees, as the U of R grants degrees for its federated colleges.
"That's what sessionals are for.
They are intended to be people with great expertise and to come in and teach based on that expertise."
Despite having only U of R
students and being taught on the U of R campus, because FNUniv
offered the class, it received the students' tuition fees.
doesn't know how many times FNUniv
has done this.
But since he
started teaching there 19 years ago, he
says there's always been a pay disparity between the institution and the other federated colleges that make up the U of R
"What I was told was, well, 'Indian people have tax-free status, so that's supposed to make up for the difference.
White folks over at U of R
paid tax, and we didn't, therefore that's called parity,'" he