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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.

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

Canceled: Cocktails & Convos on Jan. 6 in Independence

Update: This event has been canceled due to record-breaking cold temperatures.

Join your colleagues for a drink, appetizers, and conversation before we kick off the spring term. We will meet for Cocktails and Conversation on Monday, Jan. 6, from 7-10 cartoon at Shula’s 2 in The Double Tree in Independence.

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association will provide the appetizers. 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 to 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.

Email us to join today’s Filing Party online, by phone

Send us an email at if you would like to join the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Dec. 18, either online or by phone. Once we get your email, we will log into the meeting where we can walk you through the unemployment compensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

It’s the holiday season: File for unemployment

Get in the holiday spirit and and join your colleagues in filing for unemployment compensation at the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

We’ll serve cookies, beverages and pizza as we walk you through the unemployment steve street unemployment compensation initiativecompensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

Who can file

You can file for unemployment benefits once fall term is over if you are unemployed and you do not have reasonable assurance of continued employment for next term. It is important to file as soon as the term is over so that you can qualify for the maximum number of benefit weeks between terms. Plus, if the class or classes you have been assigned to teach for spring are cancelled due to lack of enrollment, you will then be in a position to receive unemployment benefits retroactively.

Filing Party locations

In person

We will meet at the office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA in Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

By phone or online

1. Please join my meeting.

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (267) 507-0017
Access Code: 296-615-981
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 296-615-981

RSVP: to

OPTFA meets Nov. 24 at John Carroll

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association is going on the road again. This time, our regular November meeting will be held in Room E145 in the Dolan Science Center at John Carroll University at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.

You can also attend online or by phone. See below for details regarding the agenda, location and virtual meeting options.

  • John Carroll adjunct experiences, issues and concerns
  • Update from SEIU Local 500 Coalition on Academic Labor Conference in D.C.
  • Testimony of Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, before congressional committee and the adjunct eForum that resulted
  • Organizing in Ohio
Here are more details about the location: Also see map below with arrow.
Dolan Center  is the largest building on campus, right by the main JCU gate off Warrensville JCU_Campus_Map_w arrow copyCenter Rd and John Carroll  Blvd. (JC Blvd is a street off a roundabout at the intersection of Warrensville Center Rd and Fairmount Blvd. (East side of Warrensville Center Rd)  From the John Carroll Blvd Gate, facing Dolan, E145 is in the wing on the right (South East side)  Dolan has halls forming an H with a large atrium in the center. Entering Dolan in the center on the side facing Warrensville Center gate, E145 is the at the bottom of the right-hand bar of the H.

How to attend online or by phone:

1.  Please join my meeting.

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (786) 358-5417

Access Code: 314-704-133

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 314-704-133


Online Meetings Made Easy®

Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad® or Android® device via the GoToMeeting app.


Meeting on temporary workers this Friday in Cleveland

North Shore AFL-CIOCleveland Jobs with JusticeNational Staffing Workers Alliance and New Faculty Majority invite you to a meeting on temporary and precarious workers and the growing movement to fight back.

When: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Where: North Shore AFL-CIO, 3250 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Who: Advocates from across the country will be present to connect with local workers and organizations and discuss recent efforts to organize workers in the growing segment of our economy where there is an ever increasing distance between employers and their workers, and where workers do not know whether they will have a job next week or next month. We can’t rebuild our communities on temp jobs!

We look forward to seeing you there and making lasting connections to move this fight forward!

For more information contact Mike Munoz, National Staffing Workers Alliance, at or (323) 247-9970.


FOR PROFIT at UA on Oct. 28, CSU on Nov. 1

ua for profitVisit the FOR PROFIT at UA Facebook Event page for more. Download the UA flier.

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Visit the FOR PROFIT at CSU Facebook Event pageDownload the CSU flier.


Get funding for Campus Equity Week event

If you would like to plan a Campus Equity Week event for your campus, apply for a grant now.

The New Faculty Majority Campus Equity Week Grant is available to help local organizations with scarce resources sponsor Campus Equity Week activities during CEW 2013, October 28 – November 2.

The deadline for NFM CEW Grant applications has been extended to Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Get the details here. Download the application.

Attend an Ohio CEW event
So far, there are two CEW events planned in Ohio, the Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit in Columbus on Oct. 26 and the solo play FOR Profit on the University of Akron campus on Oct. 28.

Focus on higher ed at Campus Equity Week Summit in Columbus

Four organizations have teamed up to present a state-wide summit in Columbus — open to all and focused on higher education — as part of Campus Equity Week.CEW13-Button-Art

The Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Education Association Building, 225 East Broad St. in Columbus.

The event will kick off Campus Equity Week, Oct. 28- Nov. 2, a week of education and activism that shines a spotlight on our increasingly stratified higher education system. At the core of the inequities that pervade higher education is the crisis of contingent faculty employment.

The details

What: The goal of the Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit is to create a statewide organizing body focused on higher education issues and composed of faculty, staff, contingent and part-time labor, students, and campus communities.

Who: Full- and Part-Time Faculty, Campus Staff, and Students from all over the state are invited to attend the Summit to build a better future for Ohio Higher Education.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ohio Education Association Building, 225 East Broad Street in Columbus. Get directions to the OEA Building. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the OEA parking lot, 200 Oak St., Columbus, OH 43215. Get directions to the parking lot.‎

Cost: There is no charge for this day-long event, which includes lunch.

Sponsors: New Faculty MajorityOhio Part-Time Faculty AssociationOhio Student Association and Ohio Education Association.

RSVP: By Oct. 14 to Please include name, email, phone number, address and organizational affiliation (if applicable). Also indicate whether you need childcare and/or transportation help.
Childcare: Please let us know if you need on-site childcare. If you do, please provide the number and age(s) of your children in your RSVP email.
Transportation: Please let us know if you need a ride or can provide a ride for a participant. If so, please provide that information in your RSVP email.

The flier

Download the half-page flier to share with your colleagues.

The draft agenda

10-11 a.m. – Coffee and Registration

11:10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. – Present Vision

11:30 a.m.- Noon – Count off and break out groups

Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Report Back – Who was at table? What are your causes? How do they connect to the vision? Is there anything we can add to the vision?

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

1 – 2 p.m. – Group Discussion on Action Plan for Wednesday of Campus Equity Week

2 – 3 p.m. – Working in Campus/Regional Groups to Develop Campus Equity Week Action Plan

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Report Back

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Background on Campus Equity Week

Campus Equity Week was originally devised by contingent faculty activists in 2001 in order to highlight the appalling working conditions of the majority of the faculty and the impact of those working conditions on the quality of education.

A central principle of the week is that quality education depends practically and ethically on professional and just working conditions for all faculty. The crisis of contingent faculty employment at colleges and universities is at the core of the inequities that pervade  higher education.