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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 info@newfacultymajority.info 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 info@newfacultymajority.info. 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

For Profit at John Carroll U Sept. 18

For Profit with Aaron Calafato will be held at John Carroll University, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m. in the Lombardo Student Center’s Marinello Little Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends and RSVP via Facebook.

The one-man play takes on the 1 trillion dollar student debt crisis and is a vibrant portrayal of the exploitation of the American student. It’s been staged and screened over 100 times in 20 states in the past two years. 

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Lakeland Adjunct Group meets March 29 at 1

Momentum is growing for the Lakeland Adjunct Group. So far, 58 adjuncts have shown their support for creating a more empowered adjunct community at Lakeland Community College.

If you are an adjunct at Lakeland, join the group this Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at the Mentor Panera right down the road from LCC, at 7537 Mentor Ave.

On the agenda: continued outreach efforts and social events, the formation of a formal executive committee, and most importantly, a strategy to voice our concerns and goals to the Lakeland administration.

RSVPs are always appreciated. To RSVP, email lakelandadjunct@gmail.com

We’re rallying in Columbus today!

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Tri-C adjuncts to meet Feb. 21

Tri-C adjunct faculty will meet at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Panera, 6700 Rockside Rd, Indepedence, just off I-77. The event is open to adjunct faculty at all Tri-C campuses.

Issues of equity for adjuncts will be on the agenda. This will include how the recently announced IRS regulations regarding calculating adjunct hours will affect their workloads, as well as their their ability to obtain health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act.

For more details on the IRS regulations, visit our News page and read these stories:

For more information about the Feb. 21 meeting, email optfa@newfacultymajority.info.

UA doesn’t follow required hiring guidelines for adjunct faculty

The University of Akron has established Part-time Faculty Hiring Guidelines, but admits that it does not follow them. This is the case even though the university says this hiring procedure is “uniformly required” for low-paid adjuncts, who make up roughly 70 percent of UA’suakron infographic faculty.

The guidelines require that, “Prior to the beginning of each semester, the hiring unit/department should establish a part time faculty hiring committee. The goal of the committee is to complete the hiring of new part time faculty in the month prior to the start of each semester. Expediting the hiring of part time faculty employees, will allow the faculty members the opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus, to obtain necessary access to university provided services (i.e. PeopleSoft access, University ID, etc) and to receive prompt pay.”

In a Sept. 26, 2013, public records request, we asked for “Documents listing the members of part time/adjunct/contingent faculty hiring committees formed by departments/units within the College of Arts and Sciences who hired part-time faculty for fall term 2013, as required by the institution’s ‘Part- time Faculty Hiring Guidelines.'”

UA responded with an admission that it does not have documents that indicate compliance with this hiring guideline.

According to an Oct. 9, 2013, response from Scott M. Campbell, UA’s associate counsel, “I have contacted the two departments within the College of Arts and Sciences that have the most part time faculty to gather any responsive records – Communications and English. There are no responsive documents to your request. While there is a committee and/or involvement from various staff members that will review the hiring of part time faculty, there are no responsive documents.”

We doubt that any such hiring committees exist when an institution as large as UA cannot provide paperwork to document them.

The guidelines also state that “A well-documented screening process will aid the institution in defending a decision that is scrutinized by regulatory agencies or individuals who challenge the legitimacy of the process.  Your committee may want to develop a screening checklist or screening matrix to document each applicant’s qualifications.”

In our Sept. 26, 2013, request, we also asked for “screening checklists or screening matrix, prepared as part of the screening process used by the College of Arts and Sciences hiring committees for part time/adjunct/contingent faculty for fall term 2013, as required by the institution’s “Part-time Faculty Hiring Guidelines.”

Campbell responded that the university had no documents to show that the Department of English and the School of Communication, comply with that guideline. He wrote: “I have contacted the two departments within the College of Arts and Sciences that have the most part time faculty to gather any responsive records – Communications and English. There are no responsive documents to your request.”

The components of the hiring process for part-time faculty, include:

UA hiring process

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.

Email us to join today’s Filing Party online, by phone

Send us an email at optfa@newfacultymajority.info if you would like to join the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Dec. 18, either online or by phone. Once we get your email, we will log into the meeting where we can walk you through the unemployment compensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

It’s the holiday season: File for unemployment

Get in the holiday spirit and and join your colleagues in filing for unemployment compensation at the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

We’ll serve cookies, beverages and pizza as we walk you through the unemployment steve street unemployment compensation initiativecompensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

Who can file

You can file for unemployment benefits once fall term is over if you are unemployed and you do not have reasonable assurance of continued employment for next term. It is important to file as soon as the term is over so that you can qualify for the maximum number of benefit weeks between terms. Plus, if the class or classes you have been assigned to teach for spring are cancelled due to lack of enrollment, you will then be in a position to receive unemployment benefits retroactively.

Filing Party locations

In person

We will meet at the office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA in Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

By phone or online

1. Please join my meeting.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/296615981

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (267) 507-0017
Access Code: 296-615-981
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 296-615-981

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

OPTFA to meet with USW on Dec. 11

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 optfa@newfacultymajority.info.

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.