Breaks leaving you broke and blue, adjunct faculty? Apply for unemployment!

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS New, federal-level unemployment changes are good news for adjunct faculty in the Colorado Community College System. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.  That was not the case previously. It’s good news for adjunct faculty in the CCCS, as it is for all adjunct/contingent faculty throughout American…

Undevelopment

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Adjunct Cookbook

Here’s a creative but effective educational and organizing tool that our colleagues in the AAUP chapter at Front Range Community College in Colorado have published and which merits the broadest distribution:   The Adjunct Cookbook, described as “48 pages of foodbank-friendly concoctions,” including “No Bucks Coffee Drinks,” “The Frappes of Wrath,” as well as “high-fat,…