POSTED BY KELLY HAND
Get ready for Campus Equity Week! During this week, which occurs every other year during the last week of October, groups plan local actions to draw attention to working conditions of faculty in contingent or adjunct positions. Such faculty, who constitute three fourths of the teaching faculty in US higher education, typically work without job security, for low wages, and without access to the professional working conditions that support student learning.
Campus Equity Week (known as Fair Employment Week in some states and in Canada) is supported by a large coalition of faculty activists and organizations of all sizes. Local actions can be of any size and shape; ranging from those conducted by a handful of people with a minimal budget to chapters with more significant resources. Some ideas include:
- Video screening. Show a video about academic labor issues, serve food, and follow the showing with a discussion.
- Lecture or panel discussion. Arrange for chapter leaders, campus leaders, or other expert speakers to talk to your members or other interested members of the university community on protecting academic freedom for contingent faculty, the participation of adjuncts in governance, organizing against contingency, or another topic of interest on your campus.
- Legislative event. Go as a group to your state capitol to meet legislators, or invite them to visit campus. Give them information about the percentage of faculty on your campus who are contingent, or on key issues of concern.
- Social event. Invite faculty members in contingent positions to a tea, happy hour, or whatever works for you. Give people a chance to meet colleagues.
- Training or workshop. Be a resource and an advocate for faculty. Put together a workshop on rights and benefits available to part-time faculty, or whatever folks most need to know on your campus.
- Recognition event. Bring members of the community together to recognize outstanding contingent teachers.
- Table in the student center or other building. Hand out buttons or fliers and speak with students about the pressing issues on your campus.
- Petition drives. Draft a simple petition on an issue affecting contingent faculty on your campus, collect signatures, and present it to the administration.
Campus Equity Week began in 2001 under the auspices of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor to highlight the appalling working conditions of the majority of the faculty—who have adjunct or contingent status—and the impact of those conditions on the quality of education.
Use the form below to request a packet of AAUP resources for Campus Equity Week.
More Things to Check Out
Colorado AAUP conference Adjunct Coloring Book
Colorado AAUP conference Adjunct Cookbook
Mask 4 Campus Equity Week website: Resources and ideas for art-based CEW projects.
Let us know what you are planning! Leave a comment below or write to Gwen Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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