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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.

Agenda:
  • 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.

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OPTFA meets at UA on Oct. 23

Please join us for tomorrow’s meeting of the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association at noon, Oct. 23, in Room 301 of the Student Union on the University of Akron campus.

The Ohio Part-time Faculty Association advocates for the interests of part-time faculty members in institutions of higher learning in the state of Ohio. And we will meet at UA tomorrow to listen to your concerns and advocate for you.

On the agenda are:
  • UA’s new rule that caps the number of hours each adjunct can work outside the classroom at 2 hours credit hour. The limit helps UA avoid providing health benefits under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. How is the new limit affecting you?
  • UA’s timekeeping proceduresAre they efficient and effective? What are your concerns?
  • FOR PROFIT, the solo play that will be performed FREE at UA on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater as part of national Campus Equity Week. It takes a poignant but humorous look at student debt and will be followed by a panel discussion that includes an adjunct faculty member. This is a great  opportunity for you and your students to learn and speak out about equity issues in higher education.
  • The Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit, Oct. 26 in Columbus, a free event that is part of national Campus Equity Week. You are invited to join us in planning advocacy to improve higher ed on your campus and in our state.

OPTFA meets July 31 at noon

July OPTFA meeting

Location: Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 31, noon

To attend the meeting via computer or telephone:

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Highlights of OPTFA June meetings

Current Priorities for OPTFA, as discussed at our June meetings, include the following:
 
Unemployment + Adjunct Lecturer status: We’re focusing on information gathering in the coming ScarletAmonths regarding several appeals for unemployment compensation by part-timers. (See Paula’s recent post on our discussion list.) If you have filed, please be sure that Maria Maisto has your contact information. Also, there is growing concern that the trend of pushing out adjuncts who have achieved Senior Lecturers status is ramping up on campuses that have such a designation. If you have a story like Paula’s or Michelle’s, we want to know about it.
Campus Tours: OPTFA is planning to tour Ohio campuses in the Fall 2013. On the tour, the goal is to get the word out that OPTFA exists and showcase what adjuncts in the state have accomplished so far. We also hope the tour will serve as a local mobilizing force to bring together all stakeholders (like students, other part-time campus employees, parents, tenured fac) who are impacted by contingency.  We also want to help catalyze the organizing of adjuncts on local campuses so that people aren’t so isolated from the other adjuncts that walk the same halls they do.  We need people to serve as points of contact, so we can set up dates, so if you want to help arrange a visit to your campus, please email David Wilder at david.wilder.optfa@newfacultymajority.info.
 
Campus Equity Week 2013: This will take place the last week in October. Lots of folk on the Survey suggested some sort of conference–we would love for Campus Equity Week (and/or the Campus Tours) to be a place where we can hosts panels, teach-ins, events on different campuses across the state in the same week. We’re also looking into figuring out how to simulcast Ohio events so that we can be networked into the Campus Equity Week events going on around the nation that week. If you are looking for a committee to serve on for OPTFA: this is what’s hot.
Aaron Calafuto + “For-Profit”: This is super exciting. We’re looking for more ways to cross-for profitpollinate our organizing between fac + students and this is one sure way to do it. Aaron’s a founder of Student Debt Crisis–working with student organizations on campuses nationwide to organize around the issue of student debt.
He is also a playwright of a critically acclaimed play, For Profit, about the cycle of student debt and the corporatization of higher ed, which you can find out more about here.
The plan is to synch our Campus Tours with some showings of his play–to highlight the connections between contingent faculty members who are working for poverty wages with thousands of dollars in debt they can’t pay back at these rates, while the students themselves take on thousands of dollars in debt in the hope of making a living wage, but the only work available, if they can get that degree, may be a minimum wage job in the service sector–so they won’t be able to pay back that debt either. Average student loan debt in recent years is something like $27,000 per student.  Also remember that only 56 percent of our students in Ohio graduate in six years. Student load debt (in number of dollars) has quadrupled just in the past 10 years. Ohio is seventh in the nation for highest student loan debt load. Etcetera etcetera.

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So these kinds of events and panels should surely increase solidarity on our campuses and gather crowds/community interest/publicity. If you’d like to have the play and panel discussion come to your campus–please talk to Maria Maisto. Some dates have been set already.
For more details on the other things the group worked on Wednesday–including that OPTFA Summer Survey (preliminary results are in!) please see the June 2013 Meeting Report.

 

OPTFA summer schedule

Spring term is over, but the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association will hold regular meetings throughout the summer — and we have a picnic on the schedule as well.

OPTFA Picnic

Who: Part-time faculty and their families. Children are welcome.DLQ-collage-09

What: Are invited to attend a picnic sponsored by the OPTFA

Why: So that part-time faculty from our area and beyond can meet to share information, experiences and opportunities as they engage with our organization and each other.

When: Sunday, June 30, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula 44264 Get the park map.

What to bring: OPTFA will provide beverages and snacks for all. If you want to take advantage of the park experience, pack a picnic meal to enjoy with your family/friends.

RSVP: We ask that you RSVP to optfa@newfacultymajority.info with the number of people who will attend so that we can have enough beverages and snacks on hand. Please respond by Friday, June 28

Summer OPTFA meetings

OPTFA meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon, unless otherwise noted. Read OPTFA Meeting Reports.

All meetings are held at the office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA, unless otherwise noted. The address is Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

June OPTFA meetings

Location: Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321

Options for joining the meeting remotely by telephone or online will also be available. Details will be posted on our Events page.

  • Sunday, June 23, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26, noon

July OPTFA meetings

Location: Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321

Options for joining the meeting remotely by telephone or online will also be available. Details will be posted on our Events page.

  • Wednesday, July 24, noon

August OPTFA meetings

Location: Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321

Options for joining the meeting remotely by telephone or online will also be available. Details will be posted on our Events page.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28, noon

OPTFA meets Wednesday in Mentor

Spring semester is over, but OPTFA is not taking a summer break. Join us for our May meeting as we take advantage of the momentum we built using our May Day Rally for Equity, our social media campaigns via Twitter and Facebook, and our involvement in the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education‘s 5th Meeting last weekend in Columbus.

OPTFA usually meets on the fourth Wednesday and fourth Sunday of each month, but due to the Memorial Day weekend, we will meet only at noon on Wednesday, May 22, this month. We will not meet on Sunday.

OPTFA May Meeting: Join us in person, online or by phone

  • Wednesday, May 22, noon. See in person, online, or telephone options below.
Join the Wednesday, May 22, meeting at noon in person

Location: Panera on Mentor’s east side, 9587 Mentor Ave. Mentor, OH. Get directions.

Agenda: TBA

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

Join the Wednesday, May 22, meeting at noon online or by phone

Join the meeting online: Visit https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/896295253 and log in using Meeting ID: 896-295-253. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

Join the meeting by phone: Call in using your telephone. Dial +1 (510) 201-0301. Access Code: 896-295-253. Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting. RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

 

 

OPTFA April 24, 28 meetings: Join us in person, online, by phone

To accommodate the varied schedules of adjunct faculty in Ohio, the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon, unless otherwise noted.

All meetings are held at the office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA, unless otherwise noted. The address is Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

Read OPTFA Meeting Reports.

OPTFA April Meetings: Join us in person, online or by phone

  • Sunday, April 28, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24, noon
Join the Wednesday, April 24, meeting at noon in person

Location: the new office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA. The address is Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

Download the Agenda, which includes plans for the May 1 Rally for Equity at the University of Akron. Get the March Meeting Report.

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

Join the Wednesday, April 24, meeting at noon online or by phone

1. Please join the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association meeting, April 24, 2013, at 12:00 PM EDT. You can join two ways:

  1. Online by clicking this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/518535941. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.
  2. Or by phone. Just call in using your telephone:

Dial +1 (786) 358-5420
Access Code: 518-535-941
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Join the Sunday, April 28, meeting at 6 p.m. in person

Location: the new office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA. The address is Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

Download the Agendawhich includes plans for the May 1 Rally for Equity at the University of Akron. Get the March Meeting Report.

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

Join the Sunday, April 28, meeting at 6 p.m. online or by phone

Please join the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association meeting, April 28, 2013, at 6:00 PM EDT You can join two ways:

  1. Online by clicking this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/607802293. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.
  2. By phone. Just call in using your telephone:

Dial +1 (786) 358-5420
Access Code: 607-802-293
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Meeting ID: 607-802-293

Get connected: Attend OPTFA meeting on either March 24 or 27

There is a lot going on in the state of Ohio regarding adjunct issues. Come to one of our March meetings to get connected with your colleagues, and get updates about the latest advocacy activity in our state.

OPTFA March Meetings

  • Sunday, March 24, 6 p.m. In person
  • Wednesday, March 27, noon. In person and online

See details below and RSVP to optfa@newfacultymajority.info.

Review the agenda.
In Person Meeting Details:

Location: the new office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA. The address is Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

March 27 Online Meeting Details:

1.  Please join my meeting, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT.

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

Dial +1 (773) 897-3018

Access Code: 596-239-829

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Meeting ID: 596-239-829

Publicizing ACA’s effects on adjuncts is priority for OPTFA

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association held two meetings in February, on Sunday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 27. If you couldn’t make it to either meeting and would like to know what happened, here are some key points:

  • A high priority will be efforts to help publicize the effects of the Affordable Care Act for adjunct course-loads around the state. See News page for more about this issue.
  • Another priority item is to put more pressure on religiously-affiliated colleges and universities to support adjunct organizing efforts, and/or unionization efforts—as these institutions are not covered by state laws that preclude recognition of such efforts on behalf of adjuncts.
  • New committees were established:
    • Communications Committee, chaired by Kitt. Will establish media plan that includes promotional materials, media releases, possible YouTube video.
    • Bylaws Committee, chaired by Evan. Will draft Mission Statement that includes membership status.
  • Election of officers will be held by April 30.F
  • OPTFA has established social media accounts:

Get the full February 2013 Meeting Report and our schedule of meetings and other events.

Advance equity for adjuncts: Come to a February meeting of OPTFA

Help advance equity for adjuncts in Ohio by joining us for one of two February meetings of the newly formed Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association. Each meeting will follow the same agenda, so you can come to either session and get updated on the OPTFA and contribute your ideas to the discussion.

Meeting Dates and Times:
  • Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Chaired by April Freely of the University of Akron, co-chair of the OPTFA Organizing Committee
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, noon. Chaired by David Wilder of Tri-C and John Carroll University, co-chair of the OPTFA Organizing Committee

Meeting Location: the new office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA. The address is Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

Tentative Agenda:

  1. Introduction of Organizing Committee
  2. Establishment of OPTFA as statewide organization
  3. Discussion of priorities for the coming year

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info. If you can’t make it to either meeting but would like to conference in via phone or computer, please let us know. We can make that happen.

Share the flyer: Download the event flyer to post in your department and share with your colleagues and friends.

Join the Organizing Committee: Freely and Wilder are looking for adjunct faculty throughout the state to join them as Organizing Committee members. Contact them at optfa@newfacultymajority.info if you would like to be involved.

Find out what happened at the initial meeting of OPTFA on Jan. 27.