Union Fights Cuts To FT Faculty Overload Pay That College Prez Wants To Give to PTers

Union Fights Cuts To FT Faculty Overload Pay That College Prez Wants To Give to PTers

By Joe Piasecki Faculty and administrators are at an impasse as Pasadena City College seeks to forge a new teacher contract to replace one that expired in June. The administration’s proposal would limit the earning potential of veteran instructors and switch to a trimester system. PCC President Mark Rocha said the changes would make classes […]

Court Rules In Lawsuit Filed By Florida Adjunct: Colleges Must Identify Students Who File Complaints About Teachers

Court Rules In Lawsuit Filed By Florida Adjunct: Colleges Must Identify Students Who File Complaints About Teachers

The identity of students who submit complaints about teachers to public schools, including colleges and universities, are public records and must be disclosed to citizens, a Florida appellate court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said Gainesville-based Santa Fe College must release the name of a student who sent the […]

Indonesian PT Lecturer & Human Rights Leader Sacked After Op-Eds Critical of Government

Indonesian PT Lecturer & Human Rights Leader Sacked After Op-Eds Critical of Government

By Bagus BT Saragih The Indonesian Defense University dismissed one of its non-permanent lecturers, Al Araf, after the media publicized the latter’s opinion pieces, which criticized the alleged irregularities in the government’s weapon procurement projects. Rector, Lt. Gen. (ret) Syarifuddin Tippe, confirmed on Wednesday that the dismissal had been linked to Al Araf’s recent opinion […]

Amherst Part-Timer Launches A “Hidden Scholars” Support Group

Amherst Part-Timer Launches A “Hidden Scholars” Support Group

by Nick Grabbe Is there a doctorate in the house? If so, an Amherst scholar wants to know — and wants to rally independent scholars, adjunct faculty members and other academics without institutional connections for a new support group that will have its first meeting Thursday. The group, called Hidden Scholars, meets at the Amherst […]

Managerial Madness: Why Higher Education Has Lost Its Way

Managerial Madness: Why Higher Education Has Lost Its Way

by Debra Leigh Scott While Chris LaBree and I were on the first leg of our Homeless Adjunct road tour, the updated list of university president salaries was released from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Here we were, traveling the area often called “The Rust Belt,” where the dedicated and determined educators we met were […]

Adjunct Award Winners: Fulbright Winner Off to Ireland

Adjunct Award Winners: Fulbright Winner Off to Ireland

by Erin Zagursky An adjunct professor in William & Mary’s School of Education will travel to Ireland to conduct research and teach for a year, thanks to a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant. Shannon Chance will work in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) during the 2012-13 academic year, researching innovative ways to teach engineering and architecture […]

Duquesne U. Appeals Adjuncts Unionization Vote

Duquesne U. Appeals Adjuncts Unionization Vote

Duquesne University adjunct faculty members may have to wait longer to hear results of their vote on whether to unionize and affiliate with the United Steelworkers, pending action on an appeal by the university that could invalidate the whole process. The regional office of the National Labor Relations Board is scheduled to tally the adjuncts’ […]

Adjunct “Monsters,” “Fast-Food Faculty” and “Nameless Bodies”

Adjunct “Monsters,” “Fast-Food Faculty” and “Nameless Bodies”

by P.D. Lesko With friends like these…I’m sure Mark Miller is a fine, upstanding fellow. He is the president of the Hancock College part-time faculty union, and has been the president for several years. The California college’s union is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, an education union that has, over the course of […]

Part-Time Faculty Union Prez Publishes Op-Ed Calling His Own Members “Monsters”

Part-Time Faculty Union Prez Publishes Op-Ed Calling His Own Members “Monsters”

by Mark James Miller The American higher educational system has created a monster — the out-of-control growth of part-time or adjunct faculty. In its over-reliance on part-time instructors, higher education has built a house of sand. In colleges and universities across the country, budgets are developed and strategic plans made that assume contingent faculty will carry […]

Yo! AAUP. You Call This A Plan For Progress? Seriously?!?

Yo! AAUP. You Call This A Plan For Progress? Seriously?!?

by Debra Leigh Scott I was appalled to read The Chronicle article about the AAUP “plan” to provide “Better Pay, Job Stability, and a Career Path for Contingent Faculty” — to present this plan as anything but the atrocity it is…well, I am shocked and infuriated. Since I haven’t heard many speak out against this yet — […]