Category Archives: Adjunct Life

Adjunct faculty and their issues.

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Adjunct Says She Was Suspended Following Appearance on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

An adjunct professor at Essex County College, in New Jersey, was suspended two days after her appearance as a political commentator on the Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lisa Durden, who is also a talk-show host and pop-culture commentator, appeared on Mr. Carlson’s show this month to discuss a Memorial Day event hosted by Black Lives Matter organizers that was open only to black attendees. Although Ms. Durden did not disclose her affiliation with Essex County College on the show, a co…

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AAUP Considers Paying Adjuncts in Its Leadership Posts

Washington — Taking a leadership position in an academic association can be a costly proposition for adjunct faculty members, many of whom have to devote long hours to several teaching gigs just to make enough money to get by. If they cannot persuade one of the colleges that employ them to grant them release time for association work, they may have to sacrifice a lot of potential earnings to be a voice for their segment of higher education’s work force.

The American Association of University Pro…

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Adjuncts at Colorado Community Colleges Lack Academic-Freedom Protections, AAUP Says

The American Association of University Professors is citing the firing of a Colorado adjunct instructor as evidence of a broader lack of academic freedom for part-time faculty members throughout that state’s community-college system.

The case of Nathanial Bork, who lost his job at the Community College of Aurora last fall after he complained to its accreditor about a new curriculum there, “exposes the absence of adequate procedural protections for the adjunct faculty in the regulations of the …

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Study Finds More Faculty Diversity at Public Institutions Than at Private Ones

Members of underrepresented minority groups are working largely at research universities, according to a study by the TIAA Institute.

The report measured faculty diversity for a forthcoming book with the Johns Hopkins University Press, some 50 years after Title IX and affirmative-action policies were designed to change faculty demographics.

Since 1993 the ratio of white to underrepresented-minority tenured faculty members has been halved, from a 15:1 ratio in 1993 to 7.8:1 in 2013, the report sa…

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California Bill Would Give Community-College Adjuncts New Workplace Rights

A bill moving through the California Legislature would require the state’s community-college districts to contractually guarantee seniority and due-process rights to adjunct instructors.

The measure, Assembly Bill 1690, would make California the first state to legally require colleges to give part-time instructors such rights. It has received strong support in California’s Democratically held Legislature, where the Senate Appropriations Committee approved it last week and the Assembly overwhe…

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CUNY Union Ratifies Contract to Provide Pay Raises and Multiyear Contracts

Faculty and professional-staff members at the City University of New York are getting raises after a new union contract was ratified on Thursday, according to an announcement by the union.

As a result of the Professional Staff Congress’s agreement with CUNY’s administration, about 25,000 employees will get a 10.41-percent raise over about seven years, including retroactive pay. Adjuncts, some of whom have complained that the new contract doesn’t do enough for them, will receive health insurance …

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Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Maryland’s McDaniel College

Adjunct professors at McDaniel College, a private institution in Maryland, have voted to unionize, according to results released on Monday and reported by The Baltimore Sun.

The union, which will also represent graduate teaching assistants, will be affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which in recent years has mounted a nationwide campaign to form adjunct unions at colleges in metropolitan areas, in hopes of increasing the unions’ leverage in collective bargaining.

The SEIU…

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Professor Who Says He Was Fired for Bathroom-Bill Post Is Reinstated

A faculty member at Hampden-Sydney College who said he had been fired over his Facebook post weighing in on the national debate surrounding transgender-rights legislation will teach next year at the Virginia college, it announced on Thursday.

Lt. Gen. William (Jerry) Boykin recently took to Facebook saying that he opposed bills that would allow transgender people to use bathrooms reflecting their gender identity. North Carolina has recently faced a national backlash for enacting a bill, HB2, tha…

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Non-Tenure-Track Professors Unionize at Duke

Non-tenure-track faculty members at Duke University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, The News and Observer reports. According to the newspaper, the vote was 174 to 29 in favor of unionization with the Service Employees International Union.

The vote represented the latest victory for the union in organizing part-time faculty members in metropolitan areas across the country.

“We respect the decision of Duke’s adjunct faculty to form a union and remain committed to their success as valuab…

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Adjuncts Vote to Unionize in 2 of 3 Schools at U. of Southern California

[Updated (2/3/2016, 1:31 p.m.) with response from the university's provost.]

A campaign to unionize non-tenure-track faculty members at the University of Southern California succeeded in two out of three divisions of the private institution, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The campaign, led by the Service Employees International Union Local 721, drew overwhelming support from adjunct faculty members at two small units of the university, the Roski School of Art and Design and the Internat…