Current Priorities for OPTFA, as discussed at our June meetings, include the following:
Unemployment + Adjunct Lecturer status:
We’re focusing on information gathering in the coming
months regarding several appeals for unemployment compensation
by part-timers. (See Paula’s recent post on our discussion list
.) If you have filed
, please be sure that Maria Maisto
has your contact information. Also, there is growing concern that the trend of pushing out adjuncts who have achieved Senior Lecturers status is ramping up on campuses that have such a designation. If you have a story like Paula’s or Michelle’s, we want to know about it.
OPTFA is planning to tour Ohio campuses
in the Fall 2013. On the tour, the goal is to get the word out that OPTFA exists and showcase what adjuncts in the state have accomplished so far. We also hope the tour will serve as a local mobilizing force to bring together all stakeholders (like students, other part-time campus employees, parents, tenured fac) who are impacted by contingency. We also want to help catalyze the organizing of adjuncts on local campuses so that people aren’t so isolated from the other adjuncts that walk the same halls they do. We need people to serve as points of contact, so we can set up dates, so if you want to help arrange a visit to your campus, please email David Wilder at email@example.com.
Campus Equity Week 2013:
This will take place the last week in October. Lots of folk on the Survey suggested some sort of conference–we would love for Campus Equity Week
(and/or the Campus Tours) to be a place where we can hosts panels, teach-ins, events on different campuses across the state in the same week. We’re also looking into figuring out how to simulcast Ohio events so that we can be networked into the Campus Equity Week events going on around the nation that week. If you are looking for a committee to serve on for OPTFA: this is what’s hot.
Aaron Calafuto + “For-Profit”:
This is super exciting. We’re looking for more ways to cross-
pollinate our organizing between fac + students and this is one sure way to do it. Aaron’s a founder of Student Debt Crisis
–working with student organizations on campuses nationwide to organize around the issue of student debt.
He is also a playwright of a critically acclaimed play, For Profit
, about the cycle of student debt and the corporatization of higher ed, which you can find out more about here
The plan is to synch our Campus Tours with some showings of his play–to highlight the connections between contingent faculty members who are working for poverty wages with thousands of dollars in debt they can’t pay back at these rates, while the students themselves take on thousands of dollars in debt in the hope of making a living wage, but the only work available, if they can get that degree, may be a minimum wage job in the service sector–so they won’t be able to pay back that debt either. Average student loan debt in recent years is something like $27,000 per student. Also remember that only 56 percent of our students in Ohio graduate in six years. Student load debt (in number of dollars) has quadrupled just in the past 10 years. Ohio is seventh in the nation for highest student loan debt load. Etcetera etcetera.
So these kinds of events and panels should surely increase solidarity on our campuses and gather crowds/community interest/publicity. If you’d like to have the play and panel discussion come to your campus–please talk to Maria Maisto
. Some dates have been set already.