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Watch NFM president advocate for adjuncts on MSNBC

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, appeared live on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show onmhp show MSNBC last Saturday, Nov. 30. She was part of a panel discussion on how universities and colleges treat adjunct professors.

Read the story, “Off the Tenure Track, Part-time Professors Face Low Pay, Negligible Job Security,” and watch the two video components, including the eight-minute video of the panel discussion that included Maria and three other advocates for adjunct faculty.

Note that the video does not include the final minutes of the panel in which Maisto answered Harris-Perry’s question about what parents, students and tenured faculty can do to promote equity for adjuncts.

Maisto to discuss adjunct issues on MSNBC this Saturday

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, will appear live on the Melissa Harris-Perry Melissa Harris-PerryShow on MSNBC on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11:30 a.m. – noon. Maisto was invited to be part of a panel discussion on how universities and colleges treat adjunct professors.

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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry provides analysis and guest-driven discussion of political, cultural and community issues. Her show airs Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – noon ET on MSNBC.

NFM President testifies before House committee on ACA effects on adjuncts

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, testified at the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on “The Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Schools, Colleges, and Universities.”

Maisto was one of four witnesses invited to testify at the Nov. 14 hearing, and the only one whose statement focused on the efforts of colleges and universities to avoid providing health benefits under the Affordable Care Act by cutting the workloads of adjunct faculty.

“Since the ACA has become law, some college and university administrations have been in the news for reducing part-time faculty work assignments or by redefining their work in order to avoid providing insurance.  Some people would have us believe that the ACA is giving the managers of colleges and universities no choice but to enact these policies.  I am here to correct that misperception,” Maisto said.

“It is not the ACA but rather these colleges’ interpretation of and response to the law that is hurting adjuncts and their students. Colleges have lots of choices, and unfortunately for their students, too many have chosen not to support or invest in faculty. The faculty members who do not have access to healthcare — or to the other professional supports that all faculty need in order to do their jobs consistently well — are being set up for failure, as are their millions of students,” she said.

After Maisto’s testimony, committee members from both parties asked probing questions about adjunct faculty working conditions and agreed that adjuncts should have healthcare benefits.

George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member on the committee, said the hearing was the first to cover adjunct issues in any substantial way. He and committee chair John Kline (R-Minn.) agreed a committee hearing should be scheduled to focus on the adjunct situation. Miller also proposed setting up a website to collect adjunct data.

Maisto was invited to testify before the committee after committee staff members read her op-ed, “There’s Something Sneaky Going On At Colleges Across America,” published April 23, 2013, on TakePart.com.

On Wednesday, Maisto also testified at the Department of Education’s open forum on the Obama administration’s plan to address college value and affordability at George Mason University. Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley moderated the forum.

View the Archived Webcast. Read the testimony.

Read coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Lawmakers Told of Health-Care Law’s Harmful Effect on Adjuncts and CollegesNov. 15, 2013

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.

More recent media coverage of adjuncts

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Adjunct faculty represented at DC public hearing

Maria Maisto, President, New Faculty Majority

Maria Maisto, President, New Faculty Majority

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, was in Washington, D.C. yesterday to represent adjunct faculty from around the country at an IRS public hearing regarding establishing guidelines for calculating the work hours of part-time faculty.

The hearing was held in response to the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that as of Jan. 1, 2014, large employers must provide health insurance for employees who work 30 hours per week or more.

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association, in conjunction with NFM, collected information about how colleges and universities have cut the course loads of part-time faculty in order to avoid providing health care to adjuncts.

In an April 23, 2013, op-ed on Take Part titled “There’s Something Sneaky Going on at Colleges Across America,” Maisto decries higher education’s efforts to employ legal loopholes and manipulate definitions of faculty work in order to avoid complying with the ACA. Yahoo News also picked up her piece.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage of the hearing included testimony from Maisto that called for parity between part-time and tenured and tenure-track professors when determining work hours for adjuncts.

In March, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS collected 380 comments on the issue of Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage (REG-138006-12). Included among them were a comment from David Wilder, Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee of OPTFA and comments from NFM‘s Maisto.

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 businessdesk@newshour.org.”