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 non-tenure-eligible faculty (126.96.36.199). These revisions require colleges to develop optimal non-tenure eligible faculty (NTEF) percentage limits.
However, the Murray State University Faculty Senate recently passed a resolution demanding that the university compensate adjunct faculty at “livable levels,” both in terms of pay and benefits.
Faculty Senate President Kevin Binfield said the resolution was in response to concerns that MSU could limit the number of hours adjunct faculty members can teach in order for the university to avoid having to pay health benefits to those employees as required by the Patient Protection and , commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”
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