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Joe Berry, labor historian, renowned adjunct faculty activist and author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education, will be in Cleveland TOMORROW, Saturday, Sept. 6, for a meeting with the OPTFA Organizing Committee to discuss adjunct organizing here in Ohio, particularly the effort to launch a metro-wide organizing strategy in Northeast Ohio.
Given recent organizing activity on many campuses across our region, we would like to open this meeting to any interested contingent faculty members in the area. With momentum building here and across the country, NOW is the time to join with colleagues committed to improving higher education by transforming the working conditions of contingent faculty.
The agenda will be:
- To explain the metro organizing strategy and to learn how to make it work most effectively, including by building coalitions that include multiple colleges and organizations
- To plan a metro organizing meeting to take place a month from now
- To report on plans for a Cleveland-focused Campus Equity Week action in late October
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coming to the meeting on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. If you can only come for part of the time, that’s fine! We have a location near Hopkins Airport but may have to change it to accommodate larger numbers of people, so please RSVP asap so we can finalize the number of attendees and location.
Again, please let us know asap if you are available to meet with Joe TOMORROW, Saturday, from 1-4 pm by sending an email to email@example.com. with your name, email and phone number(s). Please indicate if we can text you.
David Wilder (Tri-C, John Carroll U) and April Freely (U Akron, Lakeland CC)
Co-Chairs, OPTFA Organizing Committee
Maria Maisto (Tri-C), Member, OPTFA Organizing Committee; President/Executive Director, New Faculty Majority Foundation
For Profit with Aaron Calafato will be held at John Carroll University, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m. in the Lombardo Student Center’s Marinello Little Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends and RSVP via Facebook.
The one-man play takes on the 1 trillion dollar student debt crisis and is a vibrant portrayal of the exploitation of the American student. It’s been staged and screened over 100 times in 20 states in the past two years.
The Tri-C Adjunct Faculty Association will meet Friday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m. at the Independence Public Library, 6361 Selig Dr. in Independence 44
A map with directions is on the library website. Nick Gurich, organizing director for SEIU 1199 will be our guest speaker.
If you didn’t hear the broadcast discussing adjunct faculty issues on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show on April 16, which featured our member Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, a podcast is available on the DR Show website. Maria did a great job!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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:
- Inside Higher Ed. (More) Clarity on Adjunct Hours. Feb. 11, 2014
- Chronicle of Higher Education. ’Reasonable’ Ways of Calculating Adjuncts’ Hours. Feb. 11, 2014.
For more information about the Feb. 21 meeting, email email@example.com.
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.
RSVP: Let us know you are coming, so we can be prepared! RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and the number in your party.