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BY CAPRICE LAWLESS This weekend the Modern Language Association (MLA) is holding its annual conference in Philadelphia. If ever there were a time and place more apropos for teachers of rhetoric to gather, and for rhetoric’s “teachable moment,” it is post-election 2016, in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. What is remarkable…

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Thunder in the Rockies

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS The work of our AAUP chapters in Colorado’s community college system has been in the headlines recently and will continue to be so. It shows how the small, sparky things we do (staffing hallway membership tables, distributing our crossword puzzles, bookmarks, fliers, cookbooks, etc.) can lead to lightning bolts of change. Briefly,…

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Publish a lively chapter calendar

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS If your chapters are like ours (spread out across a large geographic region)  and your membership like ours (working multiple jobs on multiple campuses) publish a calendar on your website to help keep everyone on the same page. (See link below.) A calendar like no other, ours is easy to update and…

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2016 AAUP Damn It! Summit

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS Twice as many attended this year’s multi-college, AAUP end-of-the-school-year Damn It! Summit, held once again at the historic Denver Press Club. AAUP members from four college chapters within the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) showed up, ready to party. AAUP Colorado Conference Co-President, Steve Mumme, was on hand to toast the year’s…

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How many admins in Colorado’s Community College System advocate for adjunct faculty? ZERO!

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS Few Colorado taxpayers, students and hard-working, devoted, adjunct faculty members are aware that there is not one person — among the hundreds of six-figure-earning administrators in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) — charged with advocating for paying adjunct faculty a living wage. In fact, recent, historic events prove that part of…

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Put out the word, across and down

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS Administration’s doublespeak and double-dealing can leave you with cross words so numerous you can hardly speak. At times the angst is overwhelming. When you reach a low ebb, dwell on that a few moments, and pay attention to how you feel. When your mind is so crowded with contradictions you can’t put…

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Community College Faculty Press Governing Board for Workplace Reforms

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS Alarmed by heartbreaking requests from their teaching colleagues for food, health-care, beds, housing, help with shut-off notices from Xcel Energy, etc., the faculty majority in the state’s most financially secure system of colleges asked Colorado’s State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) today to rethink its priorities. Risking the retaliation…

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Project Gesundheit 2016

  BY CAPRICE LAWLESS In its quest for top-down control and from a misplaced notion that our gritty, lonely and nearly despairing community college students will respond warmly to a more sterile environment, administration has removed almost all the bulletin boards on our campus. The college vice president has to approve anything that anyone might…

Why join our AAUP Community College Chapter?

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS NOTE: We like the new AAUP “One Faculty” membership brochure. We wanted to customize it for our membership tables to give it a little edge, a little street cred for our audience. This is the copy for the two-sided, letter-sized insert that we fold  into it so that the title extends just…