Ontario PT/FT Faculty Reach Agreement—Pay Hiked and Academic Freedom Guarantees

Ontario PT/FT Faculty Reach Agreement—Pay Hiked and Academic Freedom Guarantees

by Sarah Armoogam On December 20, one month after the Ontario government ended last fall’s college faculty strike with back-to-work legislation, the two sides have completed a binding arbitration agreement mandated in the legislation to settle all outstanding issues. Both the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which initiated the strike, and the College Employer Council […]

More States are Allowing Guns on Campus—Are You Teaching in One of Those States?

More States are Allowing Guns on Campus—Are You Teaching in One of Those States?

by Neal H. Hutchens and Kerry B. Melear A community college instructor in Texas started off the academic year by wearing a bulletproof vest and army helmet to class. He did this to protest a law that, starting this August, authorizes individuals to carry concealed handguns at public community colleges in Texas. In 2016, the […]

Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

by Meg Gorzycki, Ed.D. Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, San Francisco State University Hybrid teaching and blended learning are fundamentally concerned with providing an environment in which students assume responsibility for seeing information and completing tasks necessary to understand the material. As students assume such responsibility, the instructor becomes less of a “sage on the stage” […]

Janus v. AFSCME—Adjuncts Could Be No Longer Required to Pay Union Agency Fees

Janus v. AFSCME—Adjuncts Could Be No Longer Required to Pay Union Agency Fees

by David Savage The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deal a sharp blow to the unions that represent millions of teachers and other public employees, announcing Thursday it will consider striking down the mandatory fees that support collective bargaining—so-called agency fees. The justices will hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, […]

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. […]

Pittsburgh FT Faculty Threaten Strike and Adjuncts Organized by United Steelworkers Say They Won’t “Pick up the Slack”

Pittsburgh FT Faculty Threaten Strike and Adjuncts Organized by United Steelworkers Say They Won’t “Pick up the Slack”

by Colin DeppenMore than a year after they began, contract talks between Point Park officials and the university’s unionized full-time faculty remain ultimately fruitless. In response, university officials this week placed an ad seeking temporary faculty to fill the void in the event of a work stoppage, as thePittsburgh Business Times first reported.But if push comes […]

When Social Media Posts Cost Adjuncts Their Teaching Jobs

When Social Media Posts Cost Adjuncts Their Teaching Jobs

Run-ins with students who then complained used to be one of the main reasons adjunct faculty found themselves out of work. However, with the growing reach of social media, adjunct faculty who take to Twitter and Facebook to express their opinions have been targeted for dismissal from their teaching jobs, as well, including adjuncts protected by union contracts.

At Duke U Adjuncts Ratify New Contract

At Duke U Adjuncts Ratify New Contract

by Ray Gronberg Adjunct faculty in three units at Duke University voted unanimously to ratify the contract their new union negotiated with the school, union leaders said. An election in March 2016 gave the SEIU authority to bargain on behalf of full- and part-time “non-regular rank faculty” at Duke who work in Trinity College, the Graduate […]

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