The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association will meet with representatives from the United Steelworkers at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to discuss USW’s adjunct faculty organizing efforts in Pennsylvania, as well as the situation of adjuncts in Ohio.
The meeting is open to all interested adjunct faculty. It will be held at the OPTFA office, Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Adjunct Faculty Association, a USW affiliate, has organized adjuncts at Duquesne University and has advocated for their improved working conditions.
Examples of USW activism include:
Although Ohio law stipulates that colleges and universities are not required to bargain collectively with adjunct faculty, the law does not prevent adjunct faculty from organizing or joining a union.
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.
As part of its contribution to Campus Equity Week 2013, the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education has sponsored the filming of:
The film version of the performance is being offered for screening at college campuses and other venues around the country exclusively during the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 2.
The play provides a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss a wide range of current issues in higher education—not just the for-profit college industry, but also the broader “for profit” mindset towards higher education today that is behind so many problems facing us, our students, and our society’s educational future.
For more information on sponsoring this event on your campus or in your community, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promote the performance
Download the FOR PROFIT Promotion Poster, which is designed so you can print it and customize it by hand with the specific time, date and location of the showing of FOR PROFIT on your campus. We also suggest adding this tagline underneath the title before you make copies:
A Solo-Play about the 1 TRILLION DOLLAR STUDENT DEBT CRISIS & the Exploitation of the American College Student.
See other CEW resources on the Campus Equity Week 2013 website.
Aaron Calafato’s solo performance of “For Profit” at Kent State University earlier this month was featured in a three-minute segment on the Al Jazeera show “Real Money” last night.
The evening also featured a panel discussion on student debt, part-time faculty and other issues in which Katherine Burke, KSU adjunct faculty and a member of OPTFA’s Organizing Committee, participated.
You can watch the segment and get a glimpse of Katherine here and view photos from the KSU performance on our Facebook page.
Calafato’s play, which includes a post-performance panel discussion on equity issues, will be part of Campus Equity Week. It will be performed at campuses around the country both before and after that week.
Upcoming Ohio performances of “For Profit” include:
- October 28: University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
- November TBA: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. With Evan Chaloupka, member of OPTFA Organizing Committee and doctoral student at CSU.
Read more 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