In Alleged Breach of Policy, University of Montana Sends Notice of Non-Renewal to 40 Lecturers

In Alleged Breach of Policy, University of Montana Sends Notice of Non-Renewal to 40 Lecturers

by Keila Paller The University of Montana has sent letters notifying an estimated 40 lecturers that their contracts will end on Dec. 31, 2017. In the letter, Provost Beverly Edmond said individuals who do not have tenure “have no expectation to reappointment or renewal.” “Per University Policy 350, the purpose of this letter is to […]

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

Non-tenure-track faculty at Siena College voted to form a collective bargaining unit affiliated with Service Employees International Union in June 2015. The vote was 86 to 27 among adjuncts and 16 to 5 among visiting professors. Siena is the second New York campus in a week to approve an SEIU-affiliated adjunct union, after Ithaca College. […]

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

by Tom Nobile More than 10,000 employees at nine state colleges and universities have been working without a contract since July 2015. Staff and students at Ramapo College and Montclair State University held New Orleans’-style funeral marches last week, part of a statewide protest calling for a new contract for employees at nine state colleges and universities. […]

NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

By Bill Schackner The United Steelworkers on Tuesday implored Duquesne University to stop resisting its now-organized adjunct faculty, buoyed by the latest National Labor Relations Board ruling that campus officials must recognize those members’ collective bargaining rights. The union called it sad that almost five years have passed since those part-time instructors voted in 2012 […]

Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal. The contract, signed March 26, guarantees […]

Hunger and Homelessness Among Comm Coll Students More Pervasive Than Previously Thought

Hunger and Homelessness Among Comm Coll Students More Pervasive Than Previously Thought

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 […]

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 […]

Philly Adjunct Lauches Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy U.S. Senator’s Vote to Block DeVos Appointment

Philly Adjunct Lauches Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy U.S. Senator’s Vote to Block DeVos Appointment

“I watched all three hours of the Betsy DeVos hearings, and I was appalled that I could answer some of the basic education policy questions that seemingly stumped her,” Fritz said. “I mean, I’m an adjunct faculty member at a community college, not an expert in education reform, and it was shocking to me that her answers about how to regulate and oversee charter schools didn’t seem to have any concrete proposals, or that she couldn’t distinguish between growth and proficiency.”

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