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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.
by P.D. Lesko On Feb. 22, 2017, Blaine Greteman, an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, penned an essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled, “Don’t Blame Tenured Academics for the Adjunct Crisis.” In his piece, Dr. Greteman writes, “Faculty hiring has been outpaced by that of administrators and staff charged with managing […]
by Laura Hollis A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not only have two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business […]
by P.D. Lesko A new report, titled “Hungry and Homeless in College” reveals substantially higher rates of food insecurity among community college students than previously reported, while rates of housing insecurity and homelessness were consistent with prior estimates.” A 2015 report prepared by the same group, the Association of Community College Trustees, indicated that about half […]
In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, and shout down speakers they differ with.
by Diane Deitz To save money, the University of Oregon is preparing to trim about 75 jobs from its nontenured faculty, according to United Academics, the labor union representing the faculty. Plans call for reductions of 25 positions from the College of Arts and Sciences, 25 from the College of Education and 25 from other […]
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.
Caprice Lawless peruses the aisles at the Sister Carmen Community Center and food bank near her home in Louisville. As she draws closer to the produce section, she sees a heap of squash which a volunteer says will not count against her bi-monthly allowance. She heaves one into her shopping cart, just as another volunteer […]
Adjuncts at YSU teach 51 percent of the college’s credit hours, yet in 2016 300 full-time faculty collected 75 percent of the $40.5 million the college allocated to faculty pay. Over just 24 months, adjunct faculty at YSU saw the amount allocated for their pay drop by 11 percent. Meanwhile, full-time faculty pay over the same period was reduced by 1.1 percent.
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.