60K FT & PT Faculty In Taiwan Unionize Together

60K FT & PT Faculty In Taiwan Unionize Together

by Lee I-chia A trade union comprised of faculty and staff from the nation’s institutes of higher education was officially established yesterday, calling for better labor conditions, democratic governance of universities, and academic freedom and fairness in distributing the nation’s educational resources. According to Taiwan Higher Education Union statistics, there are at least 60,000 full-time […]

California College & Union Drop the Ball on Health Insurance Fund for Part-Timers

California College & Union Drop the Ball on Health Insurance Fund for Part-Timers

Part-time faculty members at Palomar College say they’re terrified of losing health insurance since the college has depleted the money it set aside for that benefit this year. The dispute reflects the tense labor negotiations under way at the college, and touches on the role and rights of part-time instructors. The college allots $138,000 for […]

American University Adjuncts Vote to Unionize With SEIU

American University Adjuncts Vote to Unionize With SEIU

Adjunct faculty at American University voted to unionize Thursday, following the lead of their peers at George Washington University and Montgomery College. Adjuncts are the temps of higher education. They make up more than half of all college faculty nationwide, but most work part-time “for very low wages with no benefits, job security, administrative support or […]

New Research: FT Non-Tenured Faculty View Themselves As Part of An Academic Counter-Culture

New Research: FT Non-Tenured Faculty View Themselves As Part of An Academic Counter-Culture

by Sean Nealson Full-time non-tenure track faculty at colleges and universities lack a professional identity and a sense of self worth, according to interviews with these faculty members that formed the basis of a recently published paper co-authored by a University of California, Riverside professor. John S. Levin, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at […]

New Faculty Majority Faces Same Old Problems & Offers Same Old Solutions

New Faculty Majority Faces Same Old Problems & Offers Same Old Solutions

By P.D. Lesko Don’t get me wrong. The New Faculty Majority is filled with dedicated, intelligent and passionate individuals committed to effecting lasting change within higher education. Some of them are the same dedicated, intelligent and passionate individuals who have been speaking out on behalf of faculty off the tenure-track for the past 20 years […]

Book Review: “How Economics Shapes Science”

Book Review: “How Economics Shapes Science”

By Beryl Lieff Benderly “Follow the money!” According to the film All the President’s Men, this advice from the shadowy informant known as Deep Throat guided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in cracking the Watergate conspiracy. The strategy also serves Georgia State University economist Paula Stephan extremely well in her illuminating and accessible new book, How Economics […]