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The Exorcists: At Duquesne U, Admins Use Religion to Fight Unionization


by P.D. Lesko Moshe Z. Marvit is an adjunct at the Duquesne University School of Law. He has a piece posted to is which he writes about Duquesne University’s abrupt about face in response to adjunct faculty attempts to affiliate with the United Steelworkers. Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts voted for the United Steelworkers in the summer of […]

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Campus Equity Week Is Just Around the Corner: October 28-Nov 2


by P.D. Lesko This brief history of Campus Equity Week comes from long-time adjunct activist Chris Storer: The issues of contingent academic employment in higher education are, we believe, universal. They threaten the foundation of human intellectual development and socio-political progress worldwide. CEW/FEW has its roots in a coalition established for a common week of […]

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Who Let Adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko Die Penniless? Her Employer, Her Union? Her Family, Herself?


by P.D. Lesko Anytime someone dies it is sad. Margaret Mary Vojtko taught French for 25 years at Duquesne University, a Catholic university whose officials have fought the unionization of its adjunct faculty using the absurd argument that a unionized faculty would interfere with the college’s ability to “inculcate Catholic values among its students.” Georgetown University pointed […]

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On Adjunct Activists and Bottom Feeders


by P.D. Lesko AdjunctNation will have been advocating on behalf of the nation’s non-tenured faculty for 21 years this September. I am pleased and proud of the work we’ve done, the award-winning reporting we’ve published and of the recent nominations for higher education reporting awards for which I and our site were nominated in 2013. […]

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Unionization Boosts Pay For Adjunct Faculty, But Adjuncts Deserve More Than a Boost


by P.D. Lesko Science, the magazine, posted this to the Careers section of its website on July 29th: For the 37% of America’s college and university teachers who are adjuncts working part-time and off the tenure track, unionization makes a difference, reports Inside Higher Ed. In the past few years, adjuncts on a small but growing number of campuses […]

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1,464 PT Faculty Jobs On the Line At City College of San Francisco Thanks To Accreditation Mess


by P.D. Lesko At the City College of San Francisco, there are more than 3,000 jobs on the line thanks to the decision of the accrediting agency to pull CCSF’s accreditation. Among those 3,000 people who will lose their jobs if administrators don’t come up with a solution quickly, are some 1,464 part-time faculty. It […]

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Mayday Manifesto Signers Call For Minimum $5K Per Course Pay For Adjuncts. How Can So Many People Be So Wrong?


by P.D. Lesko I scanned the list of signers, and recognized many of the names. Good, hardworking people. Well-intentioned people. I’ve met many of them at conferences over the years. Interviewed several of them for Adjunct Advocate magazine and These people had signed in support of a national call to ” ensure educational quality, […]

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Why Michael Bérubé Needs Adjuncts To Believe They’re the Victims of Whim & Bad Luck

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by P.D. Lesko I have just read the 2011-2012 AAUP salary survey. While the authors of the survey, Saranna Thorton and John Curtis certainly put thought and effort into their report, it represents yet another damning indictment of the AAUP’s failure to push pay parity for its part-time faculty members, some 4,300 faculty, 14 percent […]

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The Year in Plagiarism: Really, Should We Care About Cheating?


by P.D. Lesko In a few weeks, the 2012-2013 academic year will ease, grind, screech and/or jolt to a stop, depending on one’s perspective. Final exams and essays will be graded by faculty members on whose shoulders the responsibility for policing academic honesty falls. This is a particularly difficult part of the job for non-tenured […]

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When the Powerful Victimize the Weak: Penn State As A Morality Play About PT Faculty


by P.D. Lesko At a noon press conference today, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General announced that the state had issued an indictment of Dr. Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State University. Spanier was fired in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal that snared several Penn State University officials, including two administrators, as well […]

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