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Category Archives: contingent faculty appointments

From “Awfulizing” to Organizing

Yesterday I posted an entry about the AAUP Colorado Conference’s efforts to organize part-time community college faculty, who represent the overwhelming majority of community college teachers in that state.  Central … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Colorado Community College Faculty Fight for Equity

In Colorado, somewhere between 70% and 80% of all community college faculty members teach part-time on term-to-term contracts.  Yesterday, July 27, following the AAUP’s successful 2015 Summer Institute in Denver, … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Guidelines on the Distinctions between Independent Contractors and Employees—and Their Application to Adjunct Faculty

As Maria indicates in her comment, the first half or so of this post is my own commentary. The material below the line is the item from the Department of … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 8 Comments

Wage Theft Increases with Contingent Employment–and Not Just among Fast-Food or Retail Workers

What follows is a news release disseminated this week by the Department of Labor. _________________________ Federal enforcement effort finds more than 3,000 Gulf Coast workers owed nearly $3.5 million in … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Countering the Corporate Con

The two great parts of American higher education are the students and the faculty. The administrators are only around to facilitate the learning of the former and the teaching and … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

New Faculty Majority Blog Reboot!

Majority Rules, the reborn blog of the New Faculty Majority, has a call for contributors: We’re looking for contributions from contingent faculty and allies across the country and anywhere else … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Corporate Representation of Contingent Employment

Some time ago, the authors of several posts to this blog, including me, took issue with several reports that asserted either that a very large percentage of adjunct faculty are … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

2013 Statement on Contingent Workers from the US Department of Labor

The rampant exploitation of contingent faculty—in particular, of part-time or adjunct faculty—is one of the more disgraceful developments in American higher education over the last quarter century. It ranks with … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Expand Tenure, Don’t Weaken It

When Clark Ross sent me “Toward a New Consensus for Tenure in the Twenty-First Century” for possible inclusion in Academe, I was immediately interested. Not only was I seeing the ramping … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Higher Ed Salaries According to Forbes: Or, a Lesson in How Averages Depend on What One Is Averaging

Forbes has just published an article by Kathryn Dill titled “The Ten Best- and Worst-Paying Education Jobs.” Here is the explanation of the methodology: “To determine the Best- And Worst-Paying Education Jobs, … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

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