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Archive for January 30, 2014
How do salaries for college & university presidents compare to their institutional budgets and society at large?
The tweets below from New Faculty Majority shared news about today’s Inside Higher Ed 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.
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. 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.
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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.
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’s 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:
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