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State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

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by Tom Nobile More than 10,000 employees at nine state colleges and universities have been working without a contract since July 2015. Staff and students at Ramapo College and Montclair State University held New Orleans’-style funeral marches last week, part of a statewide protest calling for a new contract for employees at nine state colleges and universities. […]

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Vanderbilt U. Non-Tenure Track Faculty Launches Petition to Unionize

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by Sam Zern After a failed compromise with the university, the petition will move to the National Labor Relations Board for a final decision In November, a group of Vanderbilt non-tenured faculty members approached Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 looking for help in organizing a collective bargaining unit composed of full and part […]

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Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

Ithaca College adjunct faculty made significant gains with its first contract, but some are still not satisfied.

by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal. The contract, signed March 26, guarantees […]

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10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

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by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled […]

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Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

In classes with no computer-based assignments, how about asking students to leave their laptops behind when they come to class? (Photo: Flickr)

When a laptop is being used to take notes or download class slides, it may become tempting to check email, catch up on homework for another class or see who won the game the night before.

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Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

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Since the adjunct faculty at Tufts formed a union in 2013, their contract with Tufts has become a model for other schools in the Greater Boston area and across the country. In 2014 according to an article published by AdjunctNation, the Tufts part-time faculty union negotiated its first contract that, among other gains, hiked per course pay from $5,115 to $7,300 per course, a 22 percent increase. The union represents 200 adjunct faculty.

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At Ithaca College Admin and Adjuncts Clash Over Pay & Public Protests

Union members told students they felt that what progress has been made in negotiations is “clearly connected to the rallies” and asked students to keep up their activity in support of faculty efforts. Photo: Josh Brokaw

The union continues to push for more job security for full-time members, and pay parity per credit for part-time members. The last proposal they made on Feb. 24 would increase the college’s budget 0.29 percent over five years, they say, or about $700,000 per year. There are 230 part-time faculty members, that average 19.5 percent of a full-time employee in how much they teach. The faculty union estimates Ithaca College is spending $1,506,960 this year on paying part-time faculty.

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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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