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

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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.

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More Mistakes From My First Semester Teaching Online

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by Jonathan Rees My first semester as an online instructor is almost over. Who knows where the time goes? Curating a respectable online survey course experience comes with a lot of responsibility. In my humble opinion, too many online U.S. history survey courses cling to the vestiges of the traditional lecture model. As I’ve explained here […]

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Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

According to a report published by the Human Resources office at IC, approximately 41 percent of the faculty at the college is made up of contingent members. Part-time professors are paid $1,400 per credit hour. (Photo: Alyvia Covert)

by Alyvia Covert The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.” In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt […]

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Michigan Adjunct Files Court Injunction Against Faculty Contract That Cuts Pay

“It does not seem like we (adjuncts) are represented adequately,” said Nathan Sneller, adjunct professor of mechanical design at GRCC. “We only get half a vote. We can’t carry more than one absentee vote with us. The schedule is very conducive to full-time faculty members for showing up and very difficult for adjuncts.”

by Kayla Tucker A Grand Rapids Community College adjunct professor filed a court injunction at the Kent County 17th Circuit Court to stop the Board of Trustees from ratifying a new faculty contract that will decrease the pay of some adjunct professors. The judge was not able to review the injunction before the meeting, so the […]

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1,300+ Kent State Adjuncts Rebuffed by AFT/NEA/AAUP Affiliate With United Steel Workers

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by Alex Delaney-Gesing Traci West doesn’t teach film courses in Kent State’s Journalism and Mass Communication program for the money. She teaches because it’s what she wants to do with the rest of her life. “I love what I do — I really do. I love being able to talk film with my kids,” she said. […]

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New Study: Who’s NOT Reading Books in America? (The Answer May Surprise You)

Older Americans are a bit more likely than their younger counterparts not to have read a book. Some 29 percent of adults ages 50 and older have not read a book in the past year, compared with 23 percent of adults under 50.

The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months is largely unchanged since 2012, but is slightly higher than in 2011, when the Center first began conducting surveys of book-reading habits. That year, 19 percent of adults reported not reading any books.

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Trigger Warnings: Are We Asking Too Much of Faculty and Too Little of Students?

“More importantly, and where the big divide comes from is, some students think they’re [being] perfectly reasonable, whereas professors are worried because they feel [the warnings create] a large number of reasons you can punish provocative professors.”

Professors say college students need to keep an open mind about disturbing or unfamiliar academic material. by Joseph Williams Proponents say they’re creating safe spaces for sexual assault victims, combat veterans, or other college students who have experienced trauma or violence. Experts say they’re well intentioned but doing more harm than good, working against the very […]

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

    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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