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NYU Adjunct Faculty Vote to Strike

(left to right) ACT-UAW Local 7902 President Emily Barnett with members Miriam Frank, Diane Rubino, Mary Helen Kolisnyk, and Elliot Markson outside the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

The ACT-UAW Local 7902 — a union made up of adjunct professors from NYU and the New School — has negotiated with and made proposals to the NYU administration for nine months regarding health benefits, equitable pay and compensation, among other grievances. The union recently held a vote to see how many of its members were in favor of authorizing a strike against the university and 94 percent of the union’s 2,500 members voted in favor of the strike.

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After Bargaining for 18 Months, Ithaca Part-Timers Vote to Strike

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The Ithaca College Contingent Faculty union voted at 88 percent to authorize a strike after 18 months of bargaining have failed to yield desired results. In a news release, the union states, “The strike vote comes after months of escalation in the contingent faculty’s struggle for a fair first contract. The college administration has refused to […]

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I’m Finished Playing Favorites in the Classroom

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by Laura Yeager In a previous essay entitled “The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas,” I wrote about my time in graduate school at Iowa State, where I studied writing on a full fellowship. At this university, I knew what it was like to be thought of as one of the best (most […]

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Thousands of International Scholars Call for U.S. Academic Conference Boycott to Protest Muslim Travel Ban

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by Ellie Bothwell More than 4,000 scholars have signed a petition calling for an academic boycott of international conferences held in the U.S., to provide solidarity with those affected by Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The petition questions the “intellectual integrity” of international conferences in the country while the ban persists […]

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In UK, More Than Half of Academics Employed on Precarious Contracts

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by Jack Grove More than half of academics are employed on precarious contracts, claims a report by the University and College Union on the “hire-and-fire culture of insecure working” within higher education. Some 54 per cent of all academic staff and 49 per cent of teaching staff at UK universities are employed on “insecure contracts”, […]

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A Review of “The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy”

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The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber (University of Toronto Press, 2016; $26.95) Reviewed by Christina Turner Symbols of the neoliberal university in Canada are so common these days it’s hard not to feel inured to them sometimes. Stories of $1 million signs going up next […]

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PTers at Algoma University in Ontario Prepared to Strike for Higher Pay

Algoma University part-time faculty members were joined by supporters in their call for a pay raise, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo: Darren Taylor

“We’re not looking for the mean salary or the median salary, we are looking to be tied with the bottom, and management (at Algoma) offered us zero for the next three years…we don’t think our request is at all unreasonable,” Robinson said as part-time faculty members and their supporters gathered at Algoma University’s front steps.

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Philly Adjunct Lauches Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy U.S. Senator’s Vote to Block DeVos Appointment

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“I watched all three hours of the Betsy DeVos hearings, and I was appalled that I could answer some of the basic education policy questions that seemingly stumped her,” Fritz said. “I mean, I’m an adjunct faculty member at a community college, not an expert in education reform, and it was shocking to me that her answers about how to regulate and oversee charter schools didn’t seem to have any concrete proposals, or that she couldn’t distinguish between growth and proficiency.”

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Student Letters of Rec Written By Adjuncts Open Fewer Doors

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I explained to my student that, because I am an adjunct, rather than a tenure-track professor, my recommendation would carry no weight in helping him get into a graduate program. I told him that he should be looking instead for recommendations from tenured or tenure-track professors.

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    by John S. Levin, Susan Kater and Richard L. Wagoner Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2006. 299 pp. $23.50 reviewed by Mark J. Drozdowski I’ve never worked or taught at a community college. After reading this book, I don’t want to. Community college faculty, it turns out, are oppressed, though they may not know it. That’s essentially the conclusion of […]

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      by Steven Knapp Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of American higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates. That both are academics — one a well-known professor (Mr. Hacker) and […]

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