Keith Hoeller: The Fine Art of Tilting at Windmills

Keith Hoeller: The Fine Art of Tilting at Windmills

by Greg Beatty Any adjunct faculty member knows how hard the adjunct life is. Besides the challenge of living on an income that starts low then fluctuates according to each semester’s enrollment, there’s the anxiety of not knowing if you have a position at all, even if you’ve taught at the school for years. Since […]

Barnard Adjuncts Just Showed Us All Why It’s Time for the $25K Manifesto

Barnard Adjuncts Just Showed Us All Why It’s Time for the $25K Manifesto

We all know that $10,000 per course is a giant step closer to equal pay for equal work than $5K per course. We also know that $15,000-$25,000 per course would be equal pay at most two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities. However, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. That’s the lesson Barnard’s UAW faculty union affiliate has taught all of higher education.

College Graduation Rates Down? Blame the Adjuncts!

College Graduation Rates Down? Blame the Adjuncts!

by P.D. Lesko Salaries for full-time college faculty are at an all-time high, and the 4-year graduation rate for U.S. college students as of 2013 stood at 39 percent, the lowest 4-year graduation rate ever recorded. Who’s to blame for abysmal graduation rates according to the AAUP’s recently released Report on the Economic Status of […]

Why Are FT Faculty STILL Framing the National Discussion About Adjunct Faculty?

Why Are FT Faculty STILL Framing the National Discussion About Adjunct Faculty?

by P.D. Lesko In December 2015, full-time economics professor Howard Bunsis, chair of the American Association of University Professors‘ Bargaining Congress, told Truthout that the reduction in tenure-track hiring is the number one driver of unionization campaigns among part-time adjuncts and non-tenure-track full-timers, campaigns that have led to successful unionization on 42 campuses since January 2013.” […]

While Adjunct Activists Criticize Unified Locals, Temple U. PTers Vote to Join FT Faculty Union

While Adjunct Activists Criticize Unified Locals, Temple U. PTers Vote to Join FT Faculty Union

Philadelphia Magazine reported on Dec. 2 that the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board “tallied secret ballots cast by adjunct faculty at Temple in an election earlier this fall, and those faculty are now represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union that previously represented only full-time faculty.” Adjuncts at Temple had protested in favor […]

Second Class Citizen No More: Adjunct Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against His Own Union

Second Class Citizen No More: Adjunct Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against His Own Union

by P.D. Lesko Last week, adjunct faculty activist Keith Hoeller, co-founder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association and the Editor of Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System (Vanderbilk Press, 2014), filed an unfair labor complaint with the Washington State Public Employee Relations Commission against his college employer, as well as  United Faculty Coalition, […]

Campus Equity Week Kicks Off With a Quick Counterpunch

Campus Equity Week Kicks Off With a Quick Counterpunch

by P.D. Lesko Campus Equity Week, Oct. 26-30, is here and aimed at drawing attention to the exploitation of low-wage adjunct and contingent faculty at American colleges and universities, and to the impact of colleges’ staffing decisions on students. On campuses from California to Ohio to New York, the country’s adjunct and contingent members will be […]

PTers in Mass. Faculty Union Win Arbitration Complaint Filed Against Their Own Union

PTers in Mass. Faculty Union Win Arbitration Complaint Filed Against Their Own Union

The union representing Massachusetts’ community college professors has been ordered by an independent arbitrator to uphold the results of a March 2015 statewide election for two adjunct representatives to its board. The Massachusetts Community College Council represents nearly 1,600 full time and more than 4,000 adjunct professors teaching at the state’s 15 community colleges. The […]

On Adjunct Activists and Bottom Feeders

On Adjunct Activists and Bottom Feeders

by P.D. Lesko AdjunctNation will have been advocating on behalf of the nation’s non-tenured faculty for 21 years this September. I am pleased and proud of the work we’ve done, the award-winning reporting we’ve published and of the recent nominations for higher education reporting awards for which I and our site were nominated in 2013. […]

1,464 PT Faculty Jobs On the Line At City College of San Francisco Thanks To Accreditation Mess

1,464 PT Faculty Jobs On the Line At City College of San Francisco Thanks To Accreditation Mess

by P.D. Lesko At the City College of San Francisco, there are more than 3,000 jobs on the line thanks to the decision of the accrediting agency to pull CCSF’s accreditation. Among those 3,000 people who will lose their jobs if administrators don’t come up with a solution quickly, are some 1,464 part-time faculty. It […]

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