Boston Adjuncts Divided On Whether To Unionize

Boston Adjuncts Divided On Whether To Unionize

The Service Employees International Union saw both a win and loss in the Boston-area this week. Adjunct faculty at Bentley University narrowly voted against joining a union within days of Lesley University’s part-time professors filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to try and form one. Lesley’s adjunct and part-time professors are looking to Tufts for inspiration. Faculty at […]

New Study Concludes Undergrads Learn Better When Taught By Non-Tenured Faculty

New Study Concludes Undergrads Learn Better When Taught By Non-Tenured Faculty

by Celia Baker Over the past decade, higher education unions have funded studies that have, without exception, concluded that non-tenured faculty adversely impact student learning. In 2008, InsiderHigherEd.com posted a piece about these studies that reported: “A series of studies being released this week suggest that the current model for using adjuncts — with relatively […]

At UI After Two Years “Best Practices Study” Changes Slow To Come For Non-Tenured Faculty

At UI After Two Years “Best Practices Study” Changes Slow To Come For Non-Tenured Faculty

by Christine Des Garennes When Dorothee Schneider talks to people outside of academia about her job as a full-time, nontenure-track professor, this is how she often describes it. “We teach 50 percent more classes than regular faculty, but we make only 50 percent of the annual salary of tenured colleagues in our field.” The Ph.D.-bearing historian, […]

Faculty Senate Calls for College’s Adjuncts To Be Paid A “Living Wage”

Faculty Senate Calls for College’s Adjuncts To Be Paid A “Living Wage”

by H. Teague Faculty Senates have typically excluded non-tenured faculty. In fact, Faculty Senates have remained bastions of privilege, as an AdjunctNation feature article revealed. In 2005, the Iowa State University Faculty Senate debated whether to recommend the creation of tenure-eligible part-time faculty positions. In March 2011, the Faculty Senate approved revisions to the Faculty Handbook policy on […]

Campus Equity Week Is Just Around the Corner: October 28-Nov 2

Campus Equity Week Is Just Around the Corner: October 28-Nov 2

by P.D. Lesko This brief history of Campus Equity Week comes from long-time adjunct activist Chris Storer: The issues of contingent academic employment in higher education are, we believe, universal. They threaten the foundation of human intellectual development and socio-political progress worldwide. CEW/FEW has its roots in a coalition established for a common week of […]

PTers’ Hours Cut On Over 200 Campuses To Avoid Affordable Healthcare Act

PTers’ Hours Cut On Over 200 Campuses To Avoid Affordable Healthcare Act

If one job category stands out for bearing a heavy price from ObamaCare-related cuts to work hours, it might be adjunct college faculty. Part-time employees comprise “more than 75 percent of the total instructional staff as of fall 2009,” according to a 2012 AAUP report. Contrast that with 1969, when just 21 percent of instructional staff was made […]