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Letters to the Editor

Why Do I Do It? Good Question After reading Dr. Susan Mazur-Stommen’s article “Why Do I Do it? Good Question” (July/August 2005 Adjunct Advocate), I felt compelled to commend her for an accurate and wonderfully written article about the exploitation of adjunct faculty. I call us “Academic Sharecroppers” for the reasons she eloquently states. Those […]

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A Peek Behind the Door

by Shari Dinkins FOR MOST APPLICANTS, the Hiring Committee is a mysterious entity. What happens behind the closed doors of a conference room on our own campus can affect hundreds of lives. Yet, the details of what is discussed cannot be revealed to candidates. After attending a Hiring Committee orientation at a very large urban […]

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Fluency. Language and Politics

by Nina Shevchuk-Murray LET ME TELL you some things about being a non-native speaker. I know what it means to speak in words that only foggily reflect my true feelings and ideas, to settle for less, because less is better than nothing. I know how to memorize words and start using them. I know that […]

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High Maintenance On-Line Students

by Evelyn Beck BARBARA CHECKS INTO your on-line course regularly, but has not posted anything during the first three weeks. Lee Ann, on the other hand, posts much more than is required. Her posts are long and increasingly personal. She has revealed not only confidential details about a conflict with her last boss, but also […]

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UC Lecturers’ New Contract: Higher Salaries But No Job Security

by John B. DiRossi THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA has reached a tentative agreement with the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) union for a contract extension for lecturers, UC officials announced last week. The agreement, which was announced June 29th and reached after only eight weeks of negotiation, extends the contract for the UC’s 2,500 […]

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At Boise State U Adjuncts Get Paychecks Then Told to Keep Quiet

OVER 90 ADJUNCTS teaching summers courses at Boise State University were told in July their pay would be delayed, since the office responsible for filing employment paperwork missed the deadline to process instructors’ contracts. Some of those affected by the glitch say it showcases a problem every bit as pervasive as the understaffing which caused […]

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P/T Lecturers in UK Fight for Their Rights

FURIOUS PART-TIME LECTURERS at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England, have forced their union to rethink a pay settlement they believe has sold them out. They are now engaged in an acrimonious dispute to oust their union’s officers. The 7,700 associate lecturers are the OU’s public face throughout the United Kingdom, tutoring students and […]

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Harper Board Raises Pay for Part-Timers and Stiff Arms Union

IN JULY, HARPER College trustees approved a 3.7 percent pay raise for the college’s 500 part-time faculty. The raise brings the average salary of an adjunct professor to about $676 per credit hour. However, the pay scale for part-timers could be amended when their union completes contract negotiations with college officials. The last bargaining session […]

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Colorado Part-time Instructors Spotlight Pay & Benefit issues

Students at Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro) may have noticed some of their professors wearing armbands or stickers when classes resumed August 22nd. A movement is under way to try to organize the more than 710 part-time instructors at Metro around issues of pay, lack of health benefits and other working conditions. The group […]

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Are There Adjuncts in the Social Sciences?

AFTER THE DISCIPLINE of English, the social sciences employ the most temporary faculty, according to a survey conducted by the National Education Association. Part-timers slog away, keeping introductory psychology, sociology, criminal justice and other social science courses staffed. I spent three days in August at the ASA’s Centennial conference waiting for the 5,000 sociologists in […]

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  • What does the UAW Want With America’s Professorate?

    by Andrew Williams YOU’VE FINALLY DECIDED to take action. The class cancellations and last minute re-hirings, low wages, second class status are no longer tolerable. But rather than leaving a profession you love, you decide to improve the job you already have. Before you know it, you’ve called some colleagues whom you suspect feel the same […]

  • Obama’s New Chief of Staff Forced FT Faculty at NYU To Cross Adjunct Union Picket Lines

    President Barack Obama may have crossed labor unions yet again this week when he named former budget director Jack Lew to be his fourth chief of staff in just three years. News broke last week that Obama had deployed the Coast Guard to protect grain ships from longshoremen union members and occupiers in Washington State, but now a […]

  • Make Sure You Have a CV or Résumé That Travels Well

    by Mary Anne Thompson INTEREST AMONG SEASONED professionals in pursuing international careers has skyrocketed in recent years. Such interest has been enhanced by chronic personnel shortages in home markets that are causing foreign companies to search beyond their borders for talent. These candidates aren’t passively waiting to be hired by just any employer. They’re targeting […]

  • New Rules Define Workload of Part-Time College Instructors

    by Nick Anderson New rules for the Affordable Care Act spell out for the first time a federal method to define the workload of part-time college instructors, but the formula will not necessarily require schools to provide the instructors with health-care coverage. The question of how to count hours worked by adjunct faculty members has been […]

  • Michigan House Republicans Pass Bill That Strips Grad. Students of Right to Unionize

    Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed he has no interest in starting a Right-To-Work war in Michigan. Whether he has been telling the truth may become very clear, very soon. The Michigan House quickly approved SB 0971, legislation that bans the unionization of graduate student research assistants (GSRA) at public universities. There was no debate […]

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