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Of Course Tenured Faculty Are Responsible for the “Adjunct Crisis”

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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 […]

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Barnard Adjuncts Just Showed Us All Why It’s Time for the $25K Manifesto

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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.

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How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

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by P.D. Lesko What are the most credible methods and evaluative tools to use when deciding whether to rehire an adjunct faculty member? This is a question that should be asked by hundreds of thousands of college administrators nationwide. Instead, what we get are lazy administrators content to have adjunct faculty evaluations done by the least credible method by the least reliable evaluators: […]

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How California’s “Part-Time Faculty Job Security” Bill Will Hurt PTers

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by P.D. Lesko California State Senate Bill 1379. Where do I even begin? SB-1379 was sold to California adjunct faculty as the so-called Part-Time Faculty Job Security Bill. However, the legislation on Gov. Brown’s desk waiting for his signature includes this final sentence: “In all cases, part-time faculty assignments shall be temporary in nature, contingent on enrollment […]

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LIU-Brooklyn Faculty Lockout: Why Americans Don’t Care

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by P.D. Lesko From The Atlantic (Monthly) to the Pacific, newspapers, magazines, online education news sites, columnists, bloggers, pundits, activists, unionists, Facebook friends and Tweeps worked the “Je Suis Charlie” angle hard on behalf of the 400 faculty whom the President of Long Island University-Brooklyn (LIU-Brooklyn) locked out for 12 days in response to a […]

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Why Every Adjunct Should Be Watching Friedrichs v. the California Teaching Association

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by P.D. Lesko Agency fees, or as education union officials refer to them, “fair share fees,” are paid to faculty unions by individuals who either choose not to belong to a union, are barred from belonging to the union, or who once were members but for whatever reason decided to opt out of membership. Unionists recognize […]

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Why Are FT Faculty STILL Framing the National Discussion About Adjunct Faculty?

Though not every contingent faculty member would be eligible for such positions, these alternative models can change the incentive structures inherent in the academic profession. They may be able to remove the negative stigmas surrounding teaching in the academy and may eliminate the class-based distinctions between research and teaching faculty that have resulted from the traditional tenure model.

by P.D. Lesko In December 2015, full-time economics professor Howard Bunsis, chair of the American Association of University Professors‘ Bargaining Congress, told Truthout that the reduction in tenure-track hiring is the number one driver of unionization campaigns among part-time adjuncts and non-tenure-track full-timers, campaigns that have led to successful unionization on 42 campuses since January 2013.” […]

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

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by P.D. Lesko Moshe Z. Marvit is an adjunct at the Duquesne University School of Law. He has a piece posted to InTheseTimes.com 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

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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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On Adjunct Activists and Bottom Feeders

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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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