Adjuncts Win the Right to Get Sick

Adjuncts Win the Right to Get Sick

by Jack Longmate IN WASHINGTON STATE, 2SSB 6811 will provide for “pro-rata sick leave” and leave sharing for part-time community college faculty. The bill, written by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle, passed the Senate by a vote of 49 to 1 (Feb 14) and the House 97 to 0 (Feb 29). While it must return to the […]

Hearing is Believing: Televised hearings shine a bright light on California’s 29,000 part-time faculty

Hearing is Believing: Televised hearings shine a bright light on California’s 29,000 part-time faculty

by D.J. Brasket AN HISTORIC EVENT took place in California on January 12, 2000 as a Joint Legislative Audit Committee held a four-hour hearing in at the State Capitol to discuss part-time faculty issues in the California Community College system. California has the largest Community College system in the nation, with 107 colleges employing 15,700 […]

Washington State agencies admit knowledge of illegally denying benefits to thousands of part-time faculty

Washington State agencies admit knowledge of illegally denying benefits to thousands of part-time faculty

by Noah Roberts AT LEAST TWO state agencies have known for more than a decade that part-time community college instructors in Washington were illegally denied retirement benefits. Audits conducted in 1989 and 1990 by the state Department of Retirement Systems found that every public two-year college failed to credit the retirement accounts of part-time instructors […]

The Quantum Mechanical Adjunct

by Chris Cumo THIS YEAR MARKS the centennial of Max Planck’s discovery that energy is not continuous but comes in discrete units called quanta. To borrow an analogy from mathematics, it is as though Planck proposed that all numbers consist only of integers with no continuum of fractions to link any two integers. A quantum of energy is […]

Prosperity & Activism

by Brian Caterino WHAT WOULD A truly cosmopolitan society look like? At the least, it would be a society based on mutual respect toward others and toward different ways of life. While it would accept notions of equal justice for all, it would also recognize and respect different approaches to a good life. We tend to imagine […]

The Lottery

by Lee Shainen A WHILE AGO, a student of mine wrote a paper inspired by a poster that said, “Education is the one thing people are willing to pay for and not receive.” When she read that line in class, the other students snorted a short laugh of self-recognition. It started me thinking of all […]

Lechers, Psychos & Frauds: Professors Portrayed In Novels Of The Last Fifty Years

by Laurie Henry Michael Chabon, “Wonder Boys”, 1995; Jane Smiley, “Moo”, 1995; Don DeLillo, “White Noise”, 1985; Gail Godwin, “The Odd Woman”, 1974; Alison Lurie, “The War Between the Tates”, 1974; John Barth, “The End of the Road”, 1967; Randall Jarrell, “Pictures From an Institution”, 1952; Mary McCarthy, “The Groves of Academe”, 1951 AFTER CREATIVE-WRITING professor Grady Tripp […]

The Courage to Teach

Reviewed by Janice Albert “The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life” by Parker J. Palmer; San Francisco, Jossey-Bass 1998. $22.00 The Courage to Teach: A Guide for Reflection and Renewal” by Rachel Livsey in collaboration with Parker J. Palmer; San Francisco, Jossey-Bass 1999. $8.00 A HISTORY INSTRUCTOR at a nearby college […]

The Spirit Of Volunteerism Abroad

The Spirit Of Volunteerism Abroad

by Jeannie Barry-Sanders IF DEDICATION TO the spirit of volunteerism is part of your commitment to the world, opportunity might be waiting for you right around the corner. Volunteers travel to different countries, working for government or non-government agencies. Volunteering can be an expensive way to share your special talents; not only does the volunteer usually receive […]

P/T & F/T Faculty Teamwork

P/T & F/T Faculty Teamwork

by Jack Longmate AS PART-TIME FACULTY members step up their organizing efforts throughout California, many are faced with the task of working effectively with already-established full-time chapters. Occasionally, there is friction on some campuses between full- and part-time faculty. The diverse and separate needs of full-time, and part-time faculty often forces them to form separate […]