OPTFA Meetings

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association does not have a regular meeting schedule at this time. Meetings will be held on various campuses in Ohio. Details will be posted here.

Upcoming Events:

April 22, 2016 — “Cultivating an Ethics of the Public Good in Higher Education” 

Panel Discussion at John Carroll University, noon – 2 pm; Lecture at Cleveland State University, 5:30  pm

Featuring Dr. Gary Rhoades, Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education at University of Arizona and Board Member, New Faculty Majority Foundation


Past Events:

For Profit at John Carroll U Sept. 18, 2013

Join adjunct activist Joe Berry in Cleveland 

Tri-C Adjunct Group 

Lakeland Adjunct Group 

Lakeland adjuncts 

Tri-C adjuncts 

Cocktails & Conversation 

It’s the holiday season:  Pre-Holiday Unemployment Filing Party 

OPTFA to meet with United Steel Workers 

OPTFA meets at John Carroll

Meeting on temporary workers 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

Read the full story.

For Profit performances, 2013

Read about the one-man play, For Profit, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Art imitates life and debt in play about for-profit school: Plain Dealing, Aug. 16, 2013

Campus Equity Week Summit

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, 2013 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.

Read more.

Campus Equity Week: Speak out for fairness in higher education

Dates: Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2013

GET READY TO ADD YOUR VOICE to the great national debate over the future of higher education!

Organizations on college campuses all over the U.S. will SPEAK OUT on pressing issues that are…

  • moving toward a 2-tier system—in-person teachers for the elite, computers for the rest of us
  • making more and more faculty teaching jobs temporary, often at lower pay and no benefits
  • privatizing higher education—finding ways for profiteers to take over
  • making it more expensive—charging students much more, paying top executives much more. Read more.

Two meetings for adjuncts at YSU

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, 2014 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 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

Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association Rally for Equity at the University of Akron

What: Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association Demonstration

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: The plaza between the Student Union and Buchtel Hall on the University of Akron’s main campus. Get the map.

Where to Park: The Gated Visitor Parking Deck on East Buchtel Avenue. View the map.

Who: All faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend to show solidarity withworking con UA’s part-time faculty whose lives are seriously impacted by a recent administrative decision that cuts their course loads to eight credit hours per semester. This decision was made so that UA could avoid providing health care benefits required under the Affordable Care Act.

Why: To educate the campus community and the public about the inadequate working conditions and the pay and benefit inequities faced by part-time faculty at UA. UA’s approximately 1,000 part-timers make up more than 70 percent of all faculty on campus, receive no benefits and earn about $2,400 per three-credit course. OPTFA wants to raise public awareness of the persistent and systematic mistreatment of part-time faculty by The University of Akron and other Ohio colleges and universities.

Sign up form: To help us gauge the participation we will have for the May 1 Rally for Equity at UA, we are asking that you complete a confidential participation form. Just include as much information as you are comfortable sharing. This information will not be distributed outside of the organizing committee of the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association.

Spread the word: Download the May 1 Rally for Equity at UA flyer to share with your colleagues.

Get more facts about part-time faculty at UA.

For more information: Email Join our discussion listserv.

OPTFA Ohio Unemployment Compensation Filing Party

What: If spring term is over and you are without a teaching assignment, bring your laptop, if steve street unemployment compensation initiativeyou have one, and join your peers to file for Ohio Unemployment Compensation. We will walk you through the unemployment compensation process online and answer any questions you may have.

If you teach at the University of Akron and have heard that UA disputes all unemployment compensation claims, you will be interested to know that the university appears to have changed its longtime policy on this issue. Here is what a UA spokesperson said in an April 11, 2013, Akron Beacon Journal story on the issue: “UA spokeswoman Eileen Korey said the university would not appeal claims for unemployment by part-timers who have an expectation of employment from term to term and whose jobs have been eliminated.”

When: Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

Join the meeting online: Visit and log in using Meeting ID: 664-710-805. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.

Join the meeting by phone: Call in using your telephone. Dial +1 (404) 891-0552. Access Code: 664-710-805. Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting. Meeting ID: 664-710-805

RSVP: to

Download the event flyer to share with your colleagues.

2013 Webinars

NFMF/OPTFA Webinar: Applying for Unemployment Compensation in Ohio: A How-to for Adjunct Faculty
with Northeast Ohio employment law attorney Nancy Grim

Wednesday, March 20, at noon (EST)

This webinar explained how adjunct faculty can apply for unemployment compensation in between academic terms and how to contest college and university attempts to appeal awards.

This event was co-sponsored by the New Faculty Majority Foundation and the Ohio Part-time Faculty Association.
Members of New Faculty Majority and Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association may view the slide show for this webinar and listen to the webinar recording by downloading it here. Join here.

Conferences of Interest

Countering Contingency: Teaching, Scholarship, and Creativity in the Age of the Adjunct, an academic conference sponsored by the Adjunct Faculty Association of United Steelworkers
When: April 5-7
Where: United Steelworkers International Headquarters in Pittsburgh

AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2013
When: April 6-7
Where: Newark Hotel, Newark, Ohio
Marisa Allison, Acting Research Director of the New Faculty Majority Foundation, will present a breakout session on “Women as ‘Professor Staff’: Gender Inequality in the Academy” at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. on April 6. Download the full program for the weekend event.

Association for the University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) ConferenceAURCO 2013 POSTER
When: Saturday, April 13
Where: Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus
Get the details.

The Fifth National Gathering of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
Friday, May 17, 6 p.m. through Sunday, May 19, noon
Columbus Airport Marriott, 1375 N. Cassady Ave. Columbus, Ohio, 614-475-7551
Registration Fee: $50
Registration Deadline: May 1. Room Reservation Deadline: April 19 for special rate of $119 a night

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