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Plain Dealer readers call out higher ed on adjunct treatment

Cleveland area readers don’t like how universities and colleges are treating part-time faculty — or how that treatment affects students — and they have put their opinions in writing.

Plain Dealer readers responded to the newspaper’s May 26 story on the inequitable workingScreen Shot 2013-06-07 at 12.46.51 AM conditions of part-time faculty — and how adjuncts are fighting back — by writing letters to the editor.

The newspaper published the letters Sunday, June 2, under the headline, “While adjuncts do the work, administrators multiply.” The letters took up a full page of the opinion section — and all were sympathetic to the plight of adjuncts.

The May 26 Plain Dealer story, written by Harlan Spector, is one of many written or broadcast about the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the working conditions of adjunct faculty and the learning conditions of students.

Many colleges and universities are placing limits on the number of credit hours adjuncts can teach to avoid providing adjuncts with health care benefits. Others are underestimating the number of hours adjuncts put in outside of the classroom.

Both approaches, cutting adjunct hours and inventing a false ratio to institutionalize the status quo, are wrong and show that colleges do not consider students, faculty or the quality of education a priority.

Has our educational system become corporate? Has it forgotten its mission to educate and to set examples for fair and equal practice? – Gloria Lucshesi, Cleveland Heights


Professor Staff takes to the WCPN airwaves

If you missed today’s WCPN Ideastream show, “Professor Staff Dominates Today’s Colleges,” professor staff wcpnyou can add your comments about adjunct working conditions and more at this link.

Guests were:

Maria Maisto, president, New Faculty Majority 
Evan Chaloupka, adjunct professor, Lakeland Community College
April Freely, adjunct professor, University of Akron
Susan Albertine, vice president, Office of Diversity, Equity,and Student Success, American Association of Colleges and Universities

Adjunct issues trend on Twitter, are voiced on MPR

Trending on Twitter this week is Maria Maisto, President of New Faculty Majority and her Trending on Twittertweet  on the Walmart strike.

Maisto also shares her thoughts on the new faculty majority — aka adjuncts — in this story on Minnesota Public Radio. In it, she talks about how adjunct working conditions are student learning conditions.

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Media coverage of UA Rally for Equity includes Chronicle

rally newsAs we reported yesterday, OPTFA’s May Day Rally for Equity at the University of Akron was a huge success, with about 100 adjuncts, full-time faculty, staff, students and community members coming out during a three-hour period to support a living wage & health care for adjuncts at UA.

Below are links to news media coverage of the event, including today’s story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. We also include a link to UA’s story posted on its website:abj

Adjuncts and OPTFA in the news

The cause of adjuncts — and the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association — got some press thisppg story week. Here are the links:

UA limits part-timers to 8-credit workload, BJ reports

UA limiting part-time hours to avoid health-care costs, may boost workload of others

By Carol Biliczky
Beacon Journal staff writer

Published: April 5, 2013 – 11:50 PM

A budget deficit and fear of rising costs under the Affordable Care Act are prompting the University of Akron to limit the number of hours that part-time faculty can teach. Read the full story.

Watch, comment on PBS broadcast on faculty

The PBS NewsHour story on faculty retirements and contingent faculty that aired last night is now available for viewing online.

The story included brief commentary about the plight of adjunct faculty, including footage of adjunct faculty member Joe Fruscione of the University of Maryland and George Washington University.

Afterward, this comment was posted by Paul Solman of PBS NewsHour:

“We were well aware of the process of “adjunctification” in higher education, regardless of age. That is a different story, one we very much intend to do. We have been corresponding with Maria Maisto about it. In fact, the correspondents in this thread may be of help. We found it difficult to find adjuncts willing to talk to us on camera. Joe, your cooperation made you a rare bird. Many we contacted were afraid of jeopardizing their already tenuous positions. Understandably. But this may a good venue for asking particularly “exploited” adjuncts to let us know if they are willing to be interviewed for the story we’re researching. To any of you who are willing: please contact us at”


PBS NewsHour focuses on faculty, contingent faculty tonight

There will be a PBS NewsHour story tonight on faculty retirements and contingent facultypbs newshour experiences.  Tune in and respond to the story — if PBS sees strong interest in the subject, they may do an additional story focused only on contingent faculty.


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