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

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

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 […]

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

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

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”, […]

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

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

“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.

Colleagues Abroad: Part-time Lecturers in the UK Speak Out—”I don’t make enough for rent”

Colleagues Abroad: Part-time Lecturers in the UK Speak Out—”I don’t make enough for rent”

Steve Hanson, 44, part-time lecturer in political sociology I have a doctorate from a great university; I’ve worked on government research projects, and have more published work than many tenured staff. I have been hourly-paid for about five years now, but HR departments have been alert enough to knock me out of the system before […]

Why All Universities in Kenya Are Phasing Out PT Lecturers

Why All Universities in Kenya Are Phasing Out PT Lecturers

By Ouma Wanzala The Kenyan Commission for University Education has announced that part-time lecturers will be phased out. The commission is determined to phase out part-time lecturers, saying most of them are giving substandard services to students. Part-time lecturers will soon be locked out of universities as the higher education regulator moves in to ensure that […]

Lecturer Uses Facebook to Expose The Poor Working Conditions of Part-Time Instructors In South Korean Universities

Lecturer Uses Facebook to Expose The Poor Working Conditions of Part-Time Instructors In South Korean Universities

by Jean Marie Abellana About 70,000 lecturers from several universities in South Korea are working part-time. These teachers renew their job contracts every semester. While the majority of them desire to be given a full-time status, most schools prefer not to grant them such since part-time employment is seen by universities as more cost-effective and […]

Dutch Legislature Strengthens Temp. Faculty Contracts, Universities Thwart New Law

Dutch Legislature Strengthens Temp. Faculty Contracts, Universities Thwart New Law

At universities in the Netherlands, an increasing number of university academic staff are being employed on flexible contracts, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported in 2014. Over the past 17 years, the number of university staff on flexible contracts has doubled, rising to 40% in 2012. If Ph.D. students, most of whom are on temporary contracts, […]

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

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 […]

British University Rejects Criticism for Using Academic Title of “Hourly Paid Lecturers” for Some Temp. Faculty

British University Rejects Criticism for Using Academic Title of “Hourly Paid Lecturers” for Some Temp. Faculty

by Jack Grove With so many variations of lecturer, fellow, reader and professor – such as senior, associate, visiting and principal – academic job titles are sometimes seen as confusing for British students. But a rather blunt job description of “hourly paid lecturer” used by the University of Lincoln has attracted criticism for a different reason. A […]

Contract Lecturers in India Cry Foul Over Pay Equity Issues

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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