Cleveland PD spotlights 2/25 Activities at Tri-C, JCU and CSU

David Wilder and Brian Johnson are featured in this article appearing today in the Plain Dealer:

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Upcoming Events include “Adjunct Engagement Session” at Tri-C, Adjunct Dignity Day across Ohio

Adjuncts at Tri-C have been invited to attend an “Adjunct Engagement Session” on February 21 from 8:30 to 1 pm at Metro Campus which will be attended by all the college presidents.  The session is intended to highlight the college’s plans for promoting student success. This session counts toward professional development ESUs.  Many Tri-C OPTFA members plan to attend and look forward to productive conversation with the college presidents about how to support student success, including by addressing the well-documented connection between faculty working conditions and student learning conditions.

To prepare for this meeting, we recommend the following resources, among others:

The Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success

From The Association of American Colleges and Universities

From New Faculty Majority Foundation and the Center for the Future of Higher Education

From The House Education and Workforce Committee

AND: On February 25, OPTFA, together with New Faculty Majority and the Ohio Higher Education Coalition, is sponsoring Adjunct Dignity Day, a day to highlight the essential role that adjunct faculty play on college campuses across Ohio and a day to begin mobilizing ongoing action to educate college leaders, students, community members, boards of trustees, and legislators to show college students respect by respecting their instructors and giving those educators the professional, institutional support they need to do their jobs effectively.    Download an Adjunct Dignity Day flyer here


Ohio Higher Education Coalition meeting January 17 in Columbus


Join us for Cocktails and Conversation Jan. 9th

carnival-the-king-drinks-1690Join your colleagues for a drink, appetizers, and conversation. We will meet for Cocktails and Conversation on Friday, Jan. 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Mavis Winkle’s  in the Crown Center Building 5005 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131 Phone: 216-525-0770

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.

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.

Tri-C Part-Time Faculty Association Meeting at Metro Campus

Tri-C Part-time Faculty Association Meeting

When: Thursday, December 4th at 9am or 4pm (attend the meeting most convenient for you)

Where: Evening/Weekend office conference room in MHCS rm 118

  • Share your concerns and hear the results of our Tri-C survey: pay, healthcare, scheduling, full-time employment
  • Hear the latest developments with the administration and AAUP

Questions? Contact Andrew Bonthius, History;

Keisha Davenport, Speech & Communications

Navigating Unemployment Compensation: A Workshop for Adjunct Faculty in Ohio

When: Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 AM

Where: Akron-Summit County Library, Room 2AB

60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44362

This workshop will help faculty in Ohio learn about adjunct faculty eligibility for unemployment compensation. Even if this does not apply to you now, please attend to become informed and to meet other faculty members working to improve the working conditions of adjunct faculty in the area and across the state!

This workshop is for informational purposes only, It is not intended to provide legal advice.


Sponsored By: AFT Higher Education, New Faculty Majority, Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association.



Ohio Campus Equity Week

Building adjunct power! Maria Maisto, Keisha Ann Davenport, David Wilder and Andrew Bonthius staffed the CEW at Tri-C Metro campus on October 29. Ohio Campus Equity actions also took place at John Carroll University, Cleveland State University, and Ohio State University.CEWTriC2014

North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor Endorses Adjunct Organizing

A delegate meeting of the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor passed a resolution on October 8th supporting adjunct faculty organizing efforts and Campus Equity Week 2014. The text of the resolution:

WHEREAS: At least 5,000 non-union and non-tenure track faculty currently working at Cleveland-area colleges and universities.

WHEREAS: There are currently over 100,000 students enrolled in colleges and universities in the Cleveland area, who increasingly depend on the instruction and guidance of these adjunct professors. Students can pay upwards of $60,00 in tuition and living expenses every year to attend a college or university in the Cleveland area.

WHEREAS: Adjunct professors should be adequately supported by their institutions for their growing presence and role in the academic pursuits of students in the Cleveland area, yet adjunct professors have little job security and must take on heavy course loads in order to make ends meet.

WHEREAS: As many Cleveland-area colleges and universities do not provide health care benefits to their adjunct professors.  Adjunct professors in the Cleveland area should be paid fair wages and benefits that allow them to support themselves and their families.

THEREFORE be it resolved: the North Shore Federation of Labor expresses support for fair wages and benefits for Cleveland’s adjunct professors, the right of Cleveland’s adjunct professors to form a union, and the adoption of free and fair union election principles, which establish that workers are free to make up their own mind under fair voting conditions without interference by college and university administrations.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:The North Shore AFL-CIO encourages Cleveland-area adjunct faculty to organize and form unions to gain a voice on campus to improve their own working conditions and their students’ learning conditions.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: The North Shore Federation of Labor endorses Campus Equity Week 2014 events taking place around the nation meant to heighten awareness of and improve the conditions of all contingent faculty in higher education.

Planning meeting for CEW, Nov 1 rally Cleveland

For part-time faculty in the Cleveland area:
We will be having a planning meeting for a rally calling for adjunct equity Nov 1 in Cleveland Public Square.
Where: Maple Heights Public Library, 5225 Library Ln
Cleveland, OH   When: Friday October 3, 2:00pm-4:30
Hope to see everyone there so we can discuss how to get the biggest turnout on Nov 1 to declare that NOW is the time to address adjunct working conditions.

Join adjunct activist Joe Berry in Cleveland tomorrow

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Joe Berry

Joe Berry

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 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 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