New Study Reveals AFT, NEA and AAUP Organizing Primarily FT Faculty Not PTers

New Study Reveals AFT, NEA and AAUP Organizing Primarily FT Faculty Not PTers

Compare this to the AFT’s organizing record prior its 2006 launch of a state-by-state legislative push to increase the number of full-time faculty. Of the 44 faculty units organized by the AFT between 2001-2006, 12 were for full-time professors, 10 were a mix of full- and part-time professors, and 22 were for professors with part-time positions. In addition, in 2006 as a part of the push for more full-time faculty, the three higher education unions embraced the goal of “pay parity” for adjunct faculty, as opposed to pay equity.

Supreme Court Could Hear Second Legal Challenge to Forced Agency Fees Paid by Tens of Thousands of Adjunct Union Members

Supreme Court Could Hear Second Legal Challenge to Forced Agency Fees Paid by Tens of Thousands of Adjunct Union Members

There is a case pending in the Seventh Circuit, Janus v. AFSCME, in which three Illinois state employees argue they shouldn’t have to pay “fair share” union dues. Whether it’s that case or another, most of the jurists President Trump has proposed would at least be open to the arguments against mandatory dues, Pell said.

Analysis: 69,000 AFT Members Disappear

Analysis: 69,000 AFT Members Disappear

The bottom line: AFT’s 1.6 million members equate to a dues-paying equivalent of 854,000 full-time employed teachers. And we still have a mystery on our hands. The loss of more than 69,000 members that AFT reported for 2016 is larger than its membership in California and Rhode Island combined. Where did these losses come from?

Barnard Adjunct Faculty Union Calls Strike to Get $9K Per Course Minimum

Barnard Adjunct Faculty Union Calls Strike to Get $9K Per Course Minimum

by P.D. Lesko The Barnard Contingent Faculty union, affiliated with the United Auto Workers, is ready to strike in order to force college officials to raise per course pay for adjunct faculty to as much as $9,000 per course, among . According to BCF-UAW officials, “In early December, we voted overwhelmingly (119 yes – 15 […]

Why Adjuncts Shouldn’t Need Ph.D.s

Why Adjuncts Shouldn’t Need Ph.D.s

by Jonathan Rick When hiring a professor, nearly every college uses commonly agreed-upon criteria. Among these, perhaps the most important is whether the applicant has a graduate degree. On one hand, credentials are a critical part of a school’s brand. Given that students are paying an arm and a leg for tuition, it’s helpful when […]

The Extra Credit Experiment

The Extra Credit Experiment

by Laura Yeager I tried something new last semester in College Writing I–extra credit.  I’ve never offered extra credit points in a college class before (I thought it was kind of babyish), but this year, I decided to try it.  And after doing it once, I don’t think I’ll repeat the process. I wanted to shake […]

Could President Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda Impact College Faculty?

Could President Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda Impact College Faculty?

Not a single source I can find anticipated Trump would look for education expertise in the deep, dark well he repeatedly seems to draw from: the extremist, right-wing evangelical community.

How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

by P.D. Lesko What are the most credible methods and evaluative tools to use when deciding whether to rehire an adjunct faculty member? This is a question that should be asked by hundreds of thousands of college administrators nationwide. Instead, what we get are lazy administrators content to have adjunct faculty evaluations done by the least credible method by the least reliable evaluators: […]

As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top

As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top

by John A. Neilsson Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Zaun has filed the bill before, but this year Senate File 41 may get more attention with Republicans controlling the Senate. The bill also would ban tenure at […]