Former mayor Marion Barry yesterday submitted documents to the University of the District of Columbia in support of an application for a temporary teaching position, even as UDC officials said funding may not be available to pay Barry to teach in the Criminal Justice Department.
The application materials were the first indication that Barry intends to seek the teaching job, in spite of opposition from a small but vocal number of UDC faculty members.
Kelsey Jones, chairman of the Criminal Justice Department, said he received the package of materials late yesterday afternoon but did not have time to review them. Jones said Barry needed to submit letters of reference, a college transcript and a re'sume' to formally apply for a position.
UDC administrators had been supportive of the plan to appoint Barry to a temporary, full-time job teaching seniors about issues of public policy related to the administration of justice. Barry would be paid about $17,000 for a semester.
Last Friday, 10 members of a Faculty Senate committee voted unanimously to oppose Barry's appointment. Three of the four full-time faculty members in criminal justice signed a statement against the plan, and student leaders questioned whether an agency reviewing UDC's accreditation would view the appointment negatively.
That ruckus apparently affected thinking about the appointment. Interim President Miles Mark Fisher IV, sources said, also began raising concerns yesterday about how such an appointment would affect UDC's accreditation review.
Barry's appointment would have to be approved by Fisher, the vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, which includes the Criminal Justice Department.
In November, Barry, 54, indicated an interest in teaching at UDC. He has been sentenced to six months in prison for a cocaine possession conviction, which is on appeal.
A job as a permanent teacher at UDC would help solve a problem of Barry's pension. The former mayor needs two more years of public service to get a city pension. A temporary job at publicly run UDC would be the first step toward securing those additional years.
Barry supporters first attempted to get him a teaching job in political science and urban studies. Both efforts failed because of faculty opposition.
They next turned to criminal justice, where a temporary, full-time position was available.
But yesterday, university officials said that budget constraints will severely limit the number of temporary faculty appointments this year. UDC officials were to have made reductions of $3.4 million in its operating budget by today as part of citywide cuts ordered by Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon.
In the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, which includes the Criminal Justice Department, more than 190 courses are in need of instructors, nine of them in criminal justice.
"Right now, there is no money in our budget for a full-time, temporary position," said Jose Gil, dean of the college.
University officials said that departments that are about to undergo accreditation reviews likely would receive funding priority for additional faculty. Criminal Justice is not among those departments, officials said.