Lakeland Adjunct Group meets March 29 at 1

Momentum is growing for the Lakeland Adjunct Group. So far, 58 adjuncts have shown their support for creating a more empowered adjunct community at Lakeland Community College.

If you are an adjunct at Lakeland, join the group this Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at the Mentor Panera right down the road from LCC, at 7537 Mentor Ave.

On the agenda: continued outreach efforts and social events, the formation of a formal executive committee, and most importantly, a strategy to voice our concerns and goals to the Lakeland administration.

RSVPs are always appreciated. To RSVP, email lakelandadjunct@gmail.com

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Lakeland adjuncts meet Saturday in Mentor

Lakeland Community College adjunct faculty will meet Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Mentor Panera near campus, 7537 Mentor Ave. The meeting will run from 10-11 a.m.

“We are exceptionally excited for this meeting because many new individuals responded to our recent email sent to Lakeland part-time faculty. We can’t wait to meet all of you and learn about your experiences adjuncting at LCC,” according to an email from the organizers of the LCC Adjunct Group.

Below is a tentative agenda:

(1) Welcome and introductions for newcomers

(2) Background on our group and where we are at presently;

(3) Discuss of our goals and action items

(4) Discuss recruitment efforts needed get a bigger core for our group;

(5) Discuss the next gathering on March 9 and future events.

There is still time to invite friends and colleagues. Spread the word! The group continues to grow each month, but the more participation we have, the stronger we will be!

Tri-C adjuncts to meet Feb. 21

Tri-C adjunct faculty will meet at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Panera, 6700 Rockside Rd, Indepedence, just off I-77. The event is open to adjunct faculty at all Tri-C campuses.

Issues of equity for adjuncts will be on the agenda. This will include how the recently announced IRS regulations regarding calculating adjunct hours will affect their workloads, as well as their their ability to obtain health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act.

For more details on the IRS regulations, visit our News page and read these stories:

For more information about the Feb. 21 meeting, email optfa@newfacultymajority.info.

Adjunct issues receive media attention

Two hits for adjuncts on Monday, Feb. 3: a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Adjuncts Gain Traction With Congressional Attention,” and another on NPR’s All Things Considered titled “Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

The NPR story by Claudio Sanchez featured the adjunct situation in Ohio, specifically at the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. And the Chronicle story will be followed up with a Chronicle Chat on adjunct issues on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. Visit the page to participate in the chat and submit your questions.

Meanwhile, Monday’s stories, which quoted adjunct leaders from OPTFA and New Faculty Majority, prompted messages of support around the Web. Here are just a few:

  • I’m glad the issues of adjunct justice are finally reaching the wider media as they’ve so closely touched our lives and the lives of many colleagues and friends.
  • Indeed the situation is at a crisis, as you…well know. Those of us who are lucky enough to have found a solid berth must keep the issue alive.
  • What the story doesn’t report is the chasm between many administrators and rank-and-file tenured faculty: the latter often support equitable treatment of adjuncts. The Ohio provost’s reference to higher faculty pay leading to higher college costs is absurd. Anyone in higher ed knows how much money is wasted on high profile projects & new buildings & (no surprise here) administrators’ salaries which often run into a quarter of a million a year or more.
  • What a thing to listen to – and are parents hearing this, I wonder? So many who love teaching lost to the profession in a money-driven culture.
  • This is not news to those of us who have been adjuncts for years. At the New School, I can add up what the students are paying and what I’m getting paid. It makes for some amusing math. And we have a union. But that didn’t prevent the school from offering fewer classes – another way of paying us less.
  • Glad awareness is being raised.

 

NPR story on adjuncts expected to air Monday

NPR is expected to air national education reporter Claudio Sanchez’s story on adjunct faculty on All Things Considered on Monday, Feb. 3.

Check the program schedule of your local affiliate for times. The story can also be heard on the All Things Considered website.

The story is expected to focus on adjunct faculty at Tri-C and the University of Akron, two campuses that NPR”s Sanchez visited when he spent a week in Ohio last October.

Please tune in and listen. And share the link and your thoughts about the program via Facebook, Twitter and email. Check your local affiliate schedule for exact times.

Infographic: Salaries of college & university presidents

How do salaries for college & university presidents compare to their institutional budgets and society at large?

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Advocating for adjuncts in D.C. today

The tweets below from New Faculty Majority shared news about today’s Inside Higher BewdqJACEAANLcGEd story on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democratic Staff’s report, as well as the report itself, “The Just-In-Time Professor.” It was issued today and is based on 845 responses to Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.) e-Forum.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the forum by telling your adjunct story!

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Join us for cocktails, conversation Jan. 29

Join your colleagues for a drink, appetizers, and conversation. We will meet for Cocktails and Conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 7-10 p.m.party cartoon at Shula’s 2 in The Double Tree in Independence.

Our original date for this social event was Jan. 6, but the polar vortex that swept across our area that week forced us to reschedule.

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association will provide the appetizers on Jan. 29. And we’ll all provide the conversation, as we trade stories about our teaching experiences as adjuncts.

Shula’s 2 Steak & Sports is located in the Double Tree by Hilton, 6200 Quarry Ln., Cleveland, OH 44131, off Rockside Road, just East of I-77. Phone: 216-901-7852.

RSVP: Let us know you are coming, so we can be prepared! RSVP tooptfa@newfacultymajority.info. Please include your name and the number in your party.

Invite your colleagues: Visit the OPTFA Facebook page to invite your friends to this event via Facebook.