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A Perspective from Canada—The Wage Gap that Plagues Non-Tenured Faculty is a Political Issue


by Gail Lethbridge With Frosh Week drawing to close and Labour Day still fresh in our memory, it’s a good time to ask who is teaching our university students. Many are full-time professors with good pay, health care benefits, vacations, job security pensions and tenure privileges such as sabbaticals. And many are not. About half of […]

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Contract Lecturers in India Cry Foul Over Pay Equity Issues


Even though the government stresses quality education and promises equal pay for equal work, at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, nearly 600 contract lecturers at the university staged a protest at the campus demanding the authorities raise their salaries and pay them according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms. The strike has been called off […]

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UK Judge Blasts University Officials Who Filed Libel Suit Against PT Lecturer


by Andrew Hough Salford University, in Manchester, England, charges students up to £9,000 ($13,950) a year in tuition fees and axed 60 posts last year. University officials were accused by a judge of abusing the High Court’s processes in actions against part-time lecturer Dr. Gary Duke. Senior officials authorized legal action against the former part-timer over […]

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Is “Casualisation” of Faculty “Damaging” Post-Secondary Ed in Ireland?


by John MacGanhann Among the most damaging effects of the cutbacks in education is the casualisation of teaching and lecturing. Ironically, this is exacerbated by the abuse of legislation intended to protect employees against abuse. Many teachers and lecturers are experiencing severe income poverty because they struggle on fixed-term – which is to say temporary – […]

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Sessional Faculty in Canada and Adjunct Faculty in the U.S. Share More Than Just An International Border


by Christopher Cumo Eileen Lohka taught French seven years at the University of Calgary as a sessional, what U.S. residents would call an adjunct. She followed her husband, a biologist, to the university and could not find full-time work in a one-university town, though her schedule was no less frenetic for being part-time. Several preparations, grading papers and exams, and advising […]

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Aussie Universities Employ “Casuals” To Teach More Than Half of Total College Courses Offered


by Geoff Maslen The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) will use a forthcoming higher education enterprise bargaining round to call for the creation of 2,000 new ongoing jobs for casual academics, as well as a 28 percent pay rise for all staff over the next four years. The union says it will also seek to better […]

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Japan’s Part-Time Lecturers Getting a Raw Deal

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One-third of all part-time lecturers in Japan’s universities and junior colleges earn under two million yen a year ($17,963)—five times less than professors and full-time lecturers, a survey has found. And almost half of them have had their job contracts terminated, the survey, conducted by three unions of university part-time lecturers in the Tokyo, Osaka-Kobe, and Kyoto […]

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Faculty Complain That Union Bullies Its Own Members & Is Too Aggressive With Management


by Matthew Pearson and Andrew Pinsent Faculty members at Algonquin College are speaking out against their union’s leaders who are currently embroiled in a war of words with the college’s administration over the sorry state of labour relations on campus. At issue is the high number of outstanding grievances the faculty union, Ontario Public Sector […]

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60K FT & PT Faculty In Taiwan Unionize Together


by Lee I-chia A trade union comprised of faculty and staff from the nation’s institutes of higher education was officially established yesterday, calling for better labor conditions, democratic governance of universities, and academic freedom and fairness in distributing the nation’s educational resources. According to Taiwan Higher Education Union statistics, there are at least 60,000 full-time […]

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In Cambodia Faculty Work Part-Time to Make Ends Meet in a Troubled Higher Education System


by Shane Worrell with additional reporting by Chhay Channyda Corruption, funding shortages and an obsession with profit are plaguing the quality of university education in Cambodia, students say, driving them overseas in search of master’s and Ph.D. programs. If the government hopes to keep its best and brightest at home, it must resolve these issues and […]

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