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How do we bring full time faculty and part time faculty together? What are some strategies for reaching out to both groups to create a unified atmospher where all faculty groups can have a voice? This presentation and notes from this 2012 Winter Conference session covers how to build relationships between constituencies. This presentation was done by CTA Staff Robin Devitt and CCA Board Directors Gaylla Finnell and John Sullivan. View/download the PDF.
How can we effectively represent part-time faculty, especially in these difficult economic times? This presentation covers ways of building involvement and membership while also educating all faculty about effective ways for addressing the issues and concerns of PT faculty. This presentation was done by CTA Staff Robin Devitt and CCA Board Directors Gaylla Finnell and John Sullivan. View/download the PDF.
Seldom have we seen an article that so completely underscores the plight of part-time faculty in our institutions of higher learning, and almost never do such pieces flow from the pen of a long-time full-time instructor...with the notable exception of this personal essay that appeared in a recent issue of Inside Higher Education.
In his discussion of what he refers to as "ad-cons" (adjunct and contingent faculty) and their increasing presence as the majority on most campuses, Peter Brown writes, "The exploitation is indeed filthy, but for me and my tenured colleagues, this scandal is neither little nor secret: the vast majority of those well-educated, skilled professionals who daily teach millions of students in our classrooms are actually being paid far less than the workers who nightly clean them. Ad-cons are treated as chattel or as servants who can be dismissed at the will and whim of any administrator from departmental chair to dean or provost. And woe to those ad-cons who elicit the wrath of their campus presidents! They can be non-renewed without any due process whatsoever, simply zapped, either individually or by the hundreds. We all know this, but most tenured faculty colleagues choose to simply look the other way. C’est la vie. Tough luck. Life just isn’t fair. Keep on walking and change the subject."
You may not have gotten around to looking through the latest issue of NEA's higher education journal, Thought & Action--but there's one article in particular that you need to read. The focus of this quarter's journal is "A New Progressive Era for Higher Education," and in it one professor posits that such a progressive vision requires complete and genuine equity for all faculty across the board. The author of the article, "Wouldn't a New Progressive Era Require Faculty Equity?," is Steve Street, who has taught both part- and full-time in several U.S. colleges and universities, and is the current part-time concerns representative on the State University of New York's Buffalo College United University Professions. He writes:
"In much the same way that in order to restore public confidence in a corrupt police force, payoff networks must be dismantled before hiring new cops on the beat or buying new cruisers, the system that created the two-tiered faculty--tenure-line and contingent--on our nation's campuses must go."
In order to further discussion among our members and colleagues, we encourage you to read the full article.
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