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.”

Barnard Adjunct Faculty Union Calls Strike to Get $9K Per Course Minimum

Barnard Adjunct Faculty Union Calls Strike to Get $9K Per Course Minimum

by P.D. Lesko The Barnard Contingent Faculty union, affiliated with the United Auto Workers, is ready to strike in order to force college officials to raise per course pay for adjunct faculty to as much as $9,000 per course, among . According to BCF-UAW officials, “In early December, we voted overwhelmingly (119 yes – 15 […]

As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top

As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top

by John A. Neilsson Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Zaun has filed the bill before, but this year Senate File 41 may get more attention with Republicans controlling the Senate. The bill also would ban tenure at […]

AFT President Says Betsy DeVos a “Lobbyist” not an Educator

AFT President Says Betsy DeVos a “Lobbyist” not an Educator

P.D. Lesko In a speech yesterday at the National Press Club, AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America’s students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, […]

As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control

As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control

by Jon Marcus By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the committee on community climate,” “principal deputy dean of the committee on learning affairs,” and “temporary lead deputy chancellor of facilities compliance of […]

Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit

Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit

The bill requires employers to provide part-timers’ work schedules at least two weeks in advance, upon request; pay part-timers the same starting hourly wage as full-timers whose jobs “require equal skill, effort and responsibility;” and give them proportional access to sick leave, personal leave and vacation.

AAUP to Investigate Firing of PTer at Colorado Comm College

AAUP to Investigate Firing of PTer at Colorado Comm College

by Quincy Snowdon The American Association of University Professors is going to bat for a former Community College of Aurora employee who alleges he was unfairly fired, the association announced Oct. 24. Past AAUP investigations on behalf of part-time faculty who’ve alleged unfair dismissal include ones at CUNY and North Idaho College. In a news […]

UT San Antonio Adjuncts Could Face Layoffs

UT San Antonio Adjuncts Could Face Layoffs

The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that the University of Texas at San Antonio administration has advised the faculty of its biggest college that fiscal belt-tightening moves may stymie the rehiring of adjunct faculty next semester. While no official decision has been made yet, a loss of adjunct faculty members in the College of Liberal […]

After Presidential Debate Where Candidates Snub Higher Ed., Clinton Pitches Plan to Lower College Costs

After Presidential Debate Where Candidates Snub Higher Ed., Clinton Pitches Plan to Lower College Costs

Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders were in Durham, New Hampshire today discussing their shared belief that cost should not be a barrier for anyone who chooses to go to college, and student debt should not hold Americans back after they leave school. Hillary Clinton highlighted a plan to confront the skyrocketing cost of college. Her plan would […]