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A Solution to the Problems of the Faculty Majority | Labor Notes

A Solution to the Problems of the Faculty Majority | Labor Notes | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

by Jack Longmate: Contingent faculty—now the majority in U.S. higher education, especially at community colleges—are almost always paid on a discounted secondary pay scale.

That’s one reason for Campus Equity Week (October 28-November 2), established in 2001 to draw attention to the lack of equity for non-tenure-track faculty in the higher education workplace.

 

Who Are the Real Faculty?

In this view, tenured professors are presumed to be the real faculty. Contingent teachers are seen as illegitimate representatives of the profession, even though they now make up the majority. Elitists may see their part-time brethren as paraprofessionals not deserving of job security, equal pay, or equal distinction....

One example of the domination of the elitist attitude is the widespread practice of “overloads,” where tenured faculty members elect to teach courses in addition to their full-time teaching load....displac[ing] the jobs that would be assigned to part-time faculty....seen as the privilege of tenure-track faculty and defended by faculty unions.

 

The largest college under its auspices, Vancouver Community College, bars full-time professors from teaching overtime, in order to protect part-time faculty jobs and job security....In Vancouver, the goals of Campus Equity Week are already realized

Jack Longmate is an adjunct English instructor at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. He is active with the Washington Part-time Faculty Association and co-authored with Frank Cosco of the Vancouver Community College Faculty Association “The Program for Change” on how to convert U.S. campuses to the Vancouver Model. - See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/11/solution-problems-faculty-majority#sthash.QUF1GRGU.dpuf

Contingent faculty—now the majority in U.S. higher education, especially at community colleges—are almost always paid on a discounted secondary pay scale.

That’s one reason for Campus Equity Week (October 28-November 2), established in 2001 to draw attention to the lack of equity for non-tenure-track faculty in the higher education workplace.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/11/solution-problems-faculty-majority#sthash.QUF1GRGU.dpuf

Contingent faculty—now the majority in U.S. higher education, especially at community colleges—are almost always paid on a discounted secondary pay scale.

That’s one reason for Campus Equity Week (October 28-November 2), established in 2001 to draw attention to the lack of equity for non-tenure-track faculty in the higher education workplace.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/11/solution-problems-faculty-majority#sthash.QUF1GRGU.dpuf

Contingent faculty—now the majority in U.S. higher education, especially at community colleges—are almost always paid on a discounted secondary pay scale.

That’s one reason for Campus Equity Week (October 28-November 2), established in 2001 to draw attention to the lack of equity for non-tenure-track faculty in the higher education workplace.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/11/solution-problems-faculty-majority#sthash.QUF1GRGU.dpuf

Contingent faculty—now the majority in U.S. higher education, especially at community colleges—are almost always paid on a discounted secondary pay scale.

That’s one reason for Campus Equity Week (October 28-November 2), established in 2001 to draw attention to the lack of equity for non-tenure-track faculty in the higher education workplace.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/11/solution-problems-faculty-majority#sthash.QUF1GRGU.dpuf
VanessaVaile's insight:

Jack Longmate is an adjunct English instructor at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. He is active with the Washington Part-time Faculty Association and co-authored with Frank Cosco of the Vancouver Community College Faculty Association “The Program for Change” on how to convert U.S. campuses to the Vancouver Model.Read more about the Program at http://vccfa.ca/newsite/?page_id=587

 

His comments overloads and the Vancouver system are of particular note. 

Jack Longmate is an adjunct English instructor at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. He is active with the Washington Part-time Faculty Association and co-authored with Frank Cosco of the Vancouver Community College Faculty Association “The Program for Change” on how to convert U.S. campuses to the Vancouver Model. - See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/11/solution-problems-faculty-majority#sthash.QUF1GRGU.dpuf
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UVic hit with layoffs - Victoria News

UVic hit with layoffs - Victoria News | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

UVic hit with layoffs, from Victoria News: “We've had a 14-per-cent drop for our sessional instructors in work for them in the last two years. This is directly impacting education up at UVic,” Melnechuk said.

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Bad news for UVic sessional faculty (casuals, aka contingent faculty). Not all Canadian higher ed meets the Vancouver standard for casuals. Why haven't more other other Canadian colleges and universities followed Vancouver's lead and the Program for Change?

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