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MATTOON -- Lake Land College may temporarily increase an adjunct instructor's hours this spring semester to help fill a vacancy in the criminal justice program.

The Lake Land Board of Trustees tonight will consider entering an agreement with the Faculty Association on assigning adjunct faculty member Dave Chambers to more than 15 equated credit hours (ECH) of criminal justice courses for the spring. This assignment will result in Chambers exceeding the 30 ECH per academic year defined for full-time faculty.

Jon Althaus, vice president for academic services, wrote in a memo to the board that this action has been necessitated by the mid-year resignation of a full-time faculty member, Dustin Heuerman, in criminal justice and no request by another full-time faculty member to pursue the vacancy during the internal posting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14.

Heuerman, who was the criminal justice program coordinator at Lake Land, resigned after he was elected on Nov. 6 as the Democratic candidate for Champaign County. He resides in Champaign.

"During the spring 2019 semester, a search process will be conducted to select a full-time faculty member to begin serving as criminal justice instructor effective at the start of the fall 2019 semester," Althaus said.

In other matters, the board will consider adding the new Scotty's Brewhouse restaurant in Mattoon to the list of approved caterers for Lake Land. Scott's opened last month at the Cross County Mall.

The Lake Land board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the Board and Administration Center. A full agenda for the meeting is posted online at https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/board-of-trustees/agendas-board-books-minutes/.

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