Archive for January 30, 2014

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?

Presidents vs Students
Source: NonProfitCollegesOnline.com

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.

Chronicle writer on future of higher ed at JCU on Jan. 16

Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large for the Chronicle of Higher Education, will visit John Carroll on Thursday, Jan. 16, for a series of events on campus, including a public presentation on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Donohue Auditorium of the Dolan Science Center. It will be based on his recent award-winning book College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.

His presentation will be followed by a community-wide reception sponsored by the Provost’s Office.

Selingo is a leading authority on higher education worldwide. He appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs, and his writing has appeared in leading national news outlets, in print and on line.

UA doesn’t follow required hiring guidelines for adjunct faculty

The University of Akron has established Part-time Faculty Hiring Guidelines, but admits that it does not follow them. This is the case even though the university says this hiring procedure is “uniformly required” for low-paid adjuncts, who make up roughly 70 percent of UA’suakron infographic faculty.

The guidelines require that, “Prior to the beginning of each semester, the hiring unit/department should establish a part time faculty hiring committee. The goal of the committee is to complete the hiring of new part time faculty in the month prior to the start of each semester. Expediting the hiring of part time faculty employees, will allow the faculty members the opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus, to obtain necessary access to university provided services (i.e. PeopleSoft access, University ID, etc) and to receive prompt pay.”

In a Sept. 26, 2013, public records request, we asked for “Documents listing the members of part time/adjunct/contingent faculty hiring committees formed by departments/units within the College of Arts and Sciences who hired part-time faculty for fall term 2013, as required by the institution’s ‘Part- time Faculty Hiring Guidelines.'”

UA responded with an admission that it does not have documents that indicate compliance with this hiring guideline.

According to an Oct. 9, 2013, response from Scott M. Campbell, UA’s associate counsel, “I have contacted the two departments within the College of Arts and Sciences that have the most part time faculty to gather any responsive records – Communications and English. There are no responsive documents to your request. While there is a committee and/or involvement from various staff members that will review the hiring of part time faculty, there are no responsive documents.”

We doubt that any such hiring committees exist when an institution as large as UA cannot provide paperwork to document them.

The guidelines also state that “A well-documented screening process will aid the institution in defending a decision that is scrutinized by regulatory agencies or individuals who challenge the legitimacy of the process.  Your committee may want to develop a screening checklist or screening matrix to document each applicant’s qualifications.”

In our Sept. 26, 2013, request, we also asked for “screening checklists or screening matrix, prepared as part of the screening process used by the College of Arts and Sciences hiring committees for part time/adjunct/contingent faculty for fall term 2013, as required by the institution’s “Part-time Faculty Hiring Guidelines.”

Campbell responded that the university had no documents to show that the Department of English and the School of Communication, comply with that guideline. He wrote: “I have contacted the two departments within the College of Arts and Sciences that have the most part time faculty to gather any responsive records – Communications and English. There are no responsive documents to your request.”

The components of the hiring process for part-time faculty, include:

UA hiring process

Resist the status quo at MLA Convention 2014

mla subconferenceAt MLA Convention 2014: Vulnerable Times, you can attend sessions on contingent labor. You can also attend alternative programs coordinated by the MLA Subconference: Resisting Vulnerable Times.

MLA Convention 2014 takes place Jan. 9-12 in Chicago. See the contingent labor program schedule below. You can also download the full program.

The MLA Subconference is held Jan. 8-9 in Chicago. Download the Official MLA Subconference Program.

Sessions on Faculty Work and Contingent Academic Labor Compiled by the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession

Sessions Arranged by the Committee

•            Contingent Faculty Breakfast Session

Friday, 10 January, (7:30 for Committee Members) 8 to 10:00 a.m., Clark, Marriott             Downtown (540 N. Michigan Ave.)

Friday, 10 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Kane, Chicago Marriott

Saturday, 11 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Belmont, Chicago Marriott

Other Relevant Sessions

Thursday, 9 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Clark, Chicago Marriott

Thursday, 9 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Addison, Chicago Marriott

Thursday, 9 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., Chicago G, Chicago Marriott

Friday, 10 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Chicago H, Chicago Marriott

Friday, 10 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Superior A, Sheraton Chicago

Friday, 10 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Chicago X, Sheraton Chicago

Friday, 10 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Erie, Sheraton Chicago

Saturday, 11 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Chicago X, Sheraton Chicago

Saturday, 11 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Northwestern–Ohio State, Chicago Marriott

Saturday, 11 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Michigan B, Sheraton Chicago

Saturday, 11 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Indiana-Iowa, Chicago Marriott

Sunday, 12 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Sheffield, Chicago Marriott

Sunday, 12 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Lincolnshire, Chicago Marriott