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Adjunct issues receive media attention

Two hits for adjuncts on Monday, Feb. 3: a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Adjuncts Gain Traction With Congressional Attention,” and another on NPR’s All Things Considered titled “Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

The NPR story by Claudio Sanchez featured the adjunct situation in Ohio, specifically at the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. And the Chronicle story will be followed up with a Chronicle Chat on adjunct issues on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. Visit the page to participate in the chat and submit your questions.

Meanwhile, Monday’s stories, which quoted adjunct leaders from OPTFA and New Faculty Majority, prompted messages of support around the Web. Here are just a few:

  • I’m glad the issues of adjunct justice are finally reaching the wider media as they’ve so closely touched our lives and the lives of many colleagues and friends.
  • Indeed the situation is at a crisis, as you…well know. Those of us who are lucky enough to have found a solid berth must keep the issue alive.
  • What the story doesn’t report is the chasm between many administrators and rank-and-file tenured faculty: the latter often support equitable treatment of adjuncts. The Ohio provost’s reference to higher faculty pay leading to higher college costs is absurd. Anyone in higher ed knows how much money is wasted on high profile projects & new buildings & (no surprise here) administrators’ salaries which often run into a quarter of a million a year or more.
  • What a thing to listen to – and are parents hearing this, I wonder? So many who love teaching lost to the profession in a money-driven culture.
  • This is not news to those of us who have been adjuncts for years. At the New School, I can add up what the students are paying and what I’m getting paid. It makes for some amusing math. And we have a union. But that didn’t prevent the school from offering fewer classes – another way of paying us less.
  • Glad awareness is being raised.

 

Canceled: Cocktails & Convos on Jan. 6 in Independence

Update: This event has been canceled due to record-breaking cold temperatures.

Join your colleagues for a drink, appetizers, and conversation before we kick off the spring term. We will meet for Cocktails and Conversation on Monday, Jan. 6, from 7-10 p.m.party cartoon at Shula’s 2 in The Double Tree in Independence.

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.

Shula’s 2 Steak & Sports is located in the Double Tree by Hilton, 6200 Quarry Ln., Cleveland, OH 44131, off Rockside Road, just East of I-77. Phone: 216-901-7852.

RSVP: Let us know you are coming, so we can be prepared! RSVP to optfa@newfacultymajority.info. 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.

Advocating for adjuncts in D.C.

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority and a member of the OPTFA Organizing Committee, will testify before 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” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m.

She will also testify at the Department of Education’s open forum on the Obama plan, the college affordability initiative, today at 1 p.m. at George Mason University. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as other U.S. Department of Education officials, will facilitate the forum.

Coalition of Academic Labor Conference

In addition, Maisto, along with several other members of the Organizing Committee of OPTFA, will attend the Coalition of Academic Labor Conference, sponsored by SEIU Local 500. It will be held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 15-17.Here’s how NFM and OPTFA will be involved in the conference:

  • Maisto will be part of a panel discussion on “Inside/Outside Activism: Political, Bi-partisan, Institutional and Public Advocacy for Adjuncts.”
  • Maisto, along with OPTFA Organizing Committee Co-chairs April Freely and David Wilder, will present a panel on OPTFA organizing efforts in Ohio, which is dubbed a “union-hostile state.”
  • Aaron Calafato will present a performance of “For Profit,” which will be followed by a discussion forum moderated by Maisto.

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.

Focus on higher ed at Campus Equity Week Summit in Columbus

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, 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 optfa@newfacultymajority.info. Please include name, email, phone number, address and organizational affiliation (if applicable). Also indicate whether you need childcare and/or transportation help.
Childcare: Please let us know if you need on-site childcare. If you do, please provide the number and age(s) of your children in your RSVP email.
Transportation: Please let us know if you need a ride or can provide a ride for a participant. If so, please provide that information in your RSVP email.

The flier

Download the half-page flier to share with your colleagues.

The draft agenda

10-11 a.m. – Coffee and Registration

11:10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. – Present Vision

11:30 a.m.- Noon – Count off and break out groups

Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Report Back – Who was at table? What are your causes? How do they connect to the vision? Is there anything we can add to the vision?

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

1 – 2 p.m. – Group Discussion on Action Plan for Wednesday of Campus Equity Week

2 – 3 p.m. – Working in Campus/Regional Groups to Develop Campus Equity Week Action Plan

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Report Back

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Background on Campus Equity Week

Campus Equity Week was originally devised by contingent faculty activists in 2001 in order to highlight the appalling working conditions of the majority of the faculty and the impact of those working conditions on the quality of education.

A central principle of the week is that quality education depends practically and ethically on professional and just working conditions for all faculty. The crisis of contingent faculty employment at colleges and universities is at the core of the inequities that pervade  higher education.

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

 

 

File for unemployment at May 11 “Filing Party”

What: If spring term is over and you are without a teaching assignment, bring your laptop, if you 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.

steve street unemployment compensation initiative

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 https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/664710805 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 optfa@newfacultymajority.info

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Ohio Part-time Faculty Association meets Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.

Start the new year right by joining us for the first 2013 meeting of the Ohio Part-time Faculty Association.

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

Agenda: Our agenda will include formally establishing the OPTFA, identifying people as candidates for leadership positions, and discussing what we see as priorities for the new year.  We will also get a firsthand perspective from Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority and executive director of the New Faculty Majority Foundation, of the January 2013 Modern Language Association Convention, which raised the energy level and the buzz surrounding adjunct faculty issues.

Refreshments: We will serve pizza and soft drinks.

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

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