The number of instructors at the Northern Marianas College continues to go down following the termination of one and the resignations of two others.
The college terminated the employment contract of faculty member Wil Maui last week for reportedly failing to follow the new course schedule given him and for alleged insubordination.
Maui confirmed his suspension/termination notice with Saipan Tribune. The notice was issued on Aug. 20. He has five working days to appeal the decision.
Maui allegedly refused to teach the remedial math classes that he was assigned to teach. He believes, however, that the college violated its contract with him.
Saipan Tribune learned that two others—Romeo Cuellar and Hervin Jacinto— recently left the college. Cuellar’s contract was not renewed while Jacinto quit the post. Cuellar was counselor for Disabilities Support Services while Jacinto was a nursing instructor.
On Aug. 7, the Board of Regents adopted a new policy mandating a minimum qualification for faculty members. It was learned that one of those affected was Maui, who was found unqualified to teach computer courses. Besides Maui, eight other members were affected by the new policy.
NMC records indicate that Maui holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics with 7 graduate credits in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a total of 13 credits in computer science. NMC said the new policy prevents him from teaching computer courses for academic credits.
Saipan Tribune learned that NMC had revised the teaching assignments for Maui. He reportedly refused to follow the new assignment, citing disagreement with the language of the policy and for violating his employment contract with the institution.
Saipan Tribune learned that it was business department chair Chavel Green who endorsed Maui’s termination.
Prior to the adoption of the new policy, NMC faculty was at 27.
Media questions since last week about the number of vacant faculty positions and newly hired instructors at the college remain unanswered.
The college has postponed the start of many classes to Sept. 15 as there is not enough number of instructors to teach all course offerings.