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AFT Adopts Standards For P/T Faculty

by Conrad de Aenlle

A highlight of the 2002 AFT convention was adoption of “The Standards of Good Practice in the Employment of Part-time/ Adjunct Faculty: A Blueprint for Raising Standards and Ensuring Financial and Professional Equity.”

The report documents the increasing exploitation of part-time and adjunct faculty. Part-timers now teach over 50 percent of courses in community colleges and comprise 43 percent of the entire professoriate. As the number of adjuncts has increased, the number of tenured faculty has dropped.

“The overuse and abuse of adjuncts has changed higher education–and unions such as ours,” said AFT vice president William Scheuerman, president of the United University Professions/AFT, in voicing his support for the passage of the resolution on the standards. “The institutions where our full- and part-time members teach will have to change.”

The report was written by the AFT higher education program and policy council. Last year, the council put together a task force to draw up standards that unions could use when representing part-timers before college administrators, as well as state and national legislators. The task force, chaired by Lou Stollar, president of the United College Employees of the Fashion Institute of Technology/ AFT, appointed an advisory group

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