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Part-Time Faculty

CAA provides the following resources on part-time faculty for its members. You can find news articles on the subject through a keyword search on the websites of the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.



Appeal for Oral Readers to Make Podcasts of Chapters of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower (2014)

Report on Part-Time Faculty in Art History and Studio Art (2013).

Survey of Faculty Who Teach Online (2012).

Survey Results on Contingent Faculty in Higher Education (2012).

Coalition on the Academic Workforce Survey on Working Conditions for Contingent Faculty (2010).

Survey Demonstrates Strong Student Demand for the Humanities but Declining Conditions for Faculty (2010).

Online Career Center Job Statistics (2010).

Coalition on the Academic Workforce Publishes Issue Brief on Fair Treatment of All Teachers in Higher Education (2010).

Oregon Passes Bill Supporting Part-Time Professors (2009).

Study Finds Overreliance on Part-Time Faculty in Higher Education (2009).

HR Administrators Advocates for Adjunct Professors (2008).


Organizations and Projects

Academic Workforce Advocacy Kit, Modern Language Association (MLA).

Academic Workforce Data Center, Modern Language Association (MLA).

Adjunct Action, Boston.

Adjunct Project, Chronicle of Higher Education.

Art Teacher Edu

Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE).

Campus Equity Week.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, California.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, Chicago.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, international.

Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW).

National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS).

New Faculty Majority.

North American Alliance for Fair Employment.


Resource Directories

Resources on Contingent Appointments, American Association of University Professors (AAUP).



Degrees of Shame, a thirty-minute documentary by Barbara Wolf about the prevalence and working conditions of faculty in contingent positions.


Publications and Documents

Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Contingent Faculty: A Manual for Applicants and a Strategy to Gain Full Rights to Benefits, by Joe Berry, Beverly Stewart, and Helena Worthen (2007). Published by the Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor.

American Academic: The State of the Higher Education Workforce 1997–2007, American Federation of Teachers (2009).

CAW Contingent Faculty Survey Results for Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art/Design Faculty, Peter Buccianeri and CAA (2013).

Chronicle of Higher Education blogs.

Contingency Faculty Report, by Steven Shulman (2015). Published by the Center for the Study of Academic Labor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Database of Institutional Policies in Postdocs, National Postdoctoral Association.

The Just-in-Time Professor: A Staff Report Summarizing eForum Responses on the Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education, House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democratic Staff (January 2014).

Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education, by Joe Berry (2005).

SCAH Graduate Advocacy Committee Position Statement, Society of Contemporary Art Historians (2012).

Standards and Guidelines, College Art Association.

Statement on Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members, Modern Language Association.

Who Is Professor ‘Staff’ and How Can This Person Teach So Many Classes?”, Center for the Future of Higher Education Policy Report #2 (2012).


News Articles

Nona Willis Aronowitz, “Class divide on campus: Adjunct professors fight for better pay, benefits,” NBC News, January 20, 2014.

Paul Fain, “Low Expectations, High Stakes,” Inside Higher Ed, April 7, 2014.

Adrianna Kezar and Daniel Maxey, “The Changing Academic Workforce,” Trusteeship 21, no. 3 (May/June 2013).



Appeal for Oral Readers to Make Podcasts of Chapters of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower, February 25, 2014.


American Association of University Professors

Policy Statements and Reports

Losing Focus: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2013–14 (2014).

Trends in Instructional Staff Employment, 1975–2011 (2013). A report showing the growth in non-tenure-track appointments.

Statement on the Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty Positions 2013).

The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments (2012).

Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments (2010). A report approved for publication by the Committee on Contingency and the Profession.

Looking the Other Way? Accreditation Standards and Part-Time Faculty (2008). A report approved for publication by the Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession.

Part-Time Faculty Appointments, section 13 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure (2006).

AAUP Contingent Faculty Index 2006. Provides data specific to individual college and university campuses on the number of full-time faculty with and without tenure, the number of part-time faculty, and the number of graduate-student employees.

Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession (2003).

The Applicability of the Standards for Notice of Nonreappointment to All Full-Time Faculty Members on Renewable Term Appointments (1995).

The Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty (1993).

Reports of Investigations in Cases Involving Contingent Faculty

North Idaho College, part-time faculty (2009).

Nicholls State University, non-tenure-track faculty (2008).

University of New Haven, non-tenure-track faculty (2008).

City University of New York, part-time faculty (2004).

East Texas Baptist University, non-tenure-track faculty (2003).

Tiffin University, non-tenure-track faculty (2002).

Clarkson College, non-tenure-track faculty (1993).

Maryland Institute College of Art, non-tenure-track faculty (1988).

American International College, non-tenure-track faculty (1983).

Bloomsburg State College, non-tenure-track faculty (1969). Available on request from the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom and Tenure by calling 202-737-5900.

Frank Phillips College, non-tenure-track faculty (1968).

Other Resources

Background Facts on Contingent Faculty (2005).

Contingent Faculty and Collective Bargaining.

Contingent Faculty Fund.

How Over-Reliance on Contingent Appointments Diminishes Faculty Involvement in Student Learning (2002). By Ernst Benjamin. Peer Review, Volume 5, Number 1.

How to Help Adjuncts (March 13, 2007). By Gwendolyn Bradley. Inside Higher Education. Op-ed piece discussing the overuse and needs of contingent faculty.

Starting Campus Coalitions. A guide by Richard Moser, AAUP associate secretary.


CCSF Struggle News

1. Accrediting commission may lose some powers in CA http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/commission-that-stripped-ccsf-accreditation-could-lose-some-power/Content?oid=2710560

Updates in Brief and Links

1. Seattle U adjuncts file NLRB petition for union rep election with SEIU Local 925 http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/02/seattle-university-adjuncts-formally-petition-to-form-a-union/

2. Union vote paused at Loyola U in LA, CA due to alleged interference by administration http://www.laloyolan.com/news/union-vote-paused/article_63ea9f3a-99d1-11e3-8e89-001a4bcf6878.html

3. More on U of IL, Chicago strike

4. Obama the adjunct

5. U of NH lecturers organize with AAUP

6. Time for a union at I of IL, Urbana-Champaign?

7. Service workers in AFSCME call for strike next month http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-strikedate-20140220,0,752000.story#axzz2u0u3Q3ri

8. Adjunct profs call for higher wages and conditions nationwide (Annenburg Radio) http://afl.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=tJ87HO3WR8%2BYrckG2ExbejjP1EQPnSwM

9. Report on progress at Georgetown U sincere union vote http://afl.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=tJ87HO3WR8%2BYrckG2ExbejjP1EQPnSwM

10. An adjunct story: our economy is eating higher education http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-loncle/an-adjunct-story-our-economy-is-eating-higher-education_b_4834342.html

11. Work limits may be easing for VAS CC instructors http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/work-limits-may-be-easing-for-va-adjunct-college-instructors-federal-health-law-at-issue/2014/02/21/200f116c-9b37-11e3-975d-107dfef7b668_story.html

12. Seattle U should provide equal pay for adjuncts http://blogs.seattletimes.com/northwestvoices/2014/02/21/seattle-university-should-provide-equal-pay-for-adjunct-professors/

13. Northeastern U (MA) adjunct get Valentine http://huntnewsnu.com/2014/02/adjunct-faculty-receive-valentines-gift/

14. Colorado radio show on us with Don Eron Dear Colleagues,

Here's a link to a radio interview conducted with me and Rep. Randy Fischer about HB14-1154, the equal pay for equal work community college compensation bill currently before the Colorado legislature:

The interview was broadcast yesterday evening on KGNU, a Colorado public radio station. Look for this blurb: Host: Liz Lane, Fighting for Fair Wages II, Two Segments...

Our segment begins right before the seven minute mark and runs for about half an hour.

If you listen, you'll notice that the host, Liz Lane, does not seem to have any difficulty understanding the issues--in fact, she makes as strong a case for the bill as Randy and I do.


15. UK lecturers threaten grade boycott over pay issues.

16. "University of the People", an all online and totally volunteer staffed private venture, has received national (not regional) accredit ion

17. Debate on bill in WA state to allow adjuncts to form separate unions Yesterday, in an effort to counter the Crosscut op-ed that Keith Hoeller and I published on February 6 (http://crosscut.com/2014/02/06/under-the-dome/118623/state-should-give-part-time-community-college-facu/), there appeared an new op-ed. It as co-authored by Karen Strickland, president of AFT Washington, and Michael Boggess, an adjunct who chairs AFT Washington's Contingent Faculty Issues Committee. The op-ed is entitled "Legislature should let community college faculty manage their own affairs" at http://crosscut.com/2014/02/21/politics-government/118752/community-college-faculty-oped-aft-karen-stricklan/.

Their piece attacks SB 5844, which proposes to change state law to allow adjuncts to form their own unions in the state's 30 college districts, and endorses HB 1348. HB 1348, proposed last year, is aimed at solving the problem of inconsistent funding of incremental pay step increases for tenured faculty; state law now requires that that those pay step increase be funded by the legislature through special appropriation. Past bills have sought to make increments part of the state's operating budget (as opposed to special appropriation), though, since 2003, they've failed. This bill proposes broaden the scope of the collective bargaining process at each college to allow local funds, like tuition revenues, to be available to fund faculty pay raises. It would, in effect, transfer that funding from the state budget to the local colleges.

So far there have been only four comments to yesterday's op-ed, with Vanessa Vaile's being the second. All comments posted thus far are critical of the op-ed, and seem supportive of SB 5844.

18. Goddard (VT) unionized NTT faculty face possible cuts ands layoffs, possible strike.
Hi Joe,

I saw that you are convalescing and not sending out COCAL updates. Hope your healing is going well.

I thought that with a lot of reading time on your hands, you might be interested in an update on our Goddard faculty situation, which may be moving to a strike in a matter of a couple of weeks. The pivotal issue is that that administration wants to eliminate severance pay and refuses all lay off language that would protect by seniority. In other words, if they get what they are pushing for, the half time salaried faculty would have no more job security than adjuncts, since the administration gets to decide if and when lay offs are called for. So although in the past I felt that we Goddard faculty were not really contingent, even though we weren't tenure track, I feel our situation is very relevant to the adjunct struggles right now. We had managed to get some job security even in a small, underfunded, school. However, we may be reduced to adjunct conditions if they win.

Here is a Facebook page with lots of links to articles and blogs etc. if you are interested in finding out more.


19. Paying attention to the precariat

20. Two items from CFHE, one an appeal for support letters for the UIC faculty and their recent strike. Second, a petition for free higher ed.

Hi all,
The attached CFHE statement In support of the faculty at UIC is attached and out. We’ll get it to the folks at IUC and to press later today to keep this story rolling.
Also, Bob Samuels put a suggestion out on the list serv over the weekend about getting behind the petition calling on the President to make public college free.
You can see the petition here: http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/make-public-college-tuition-free.
Given our working paper (http://futureofhighered.org/cfhe-working-paper-free-higher-ed/#more-349.) on the topic, it seems like a natural for us to publicize and help promote. Unless there are objections, we’ll get it out to “On the Issues” as soon as possible. It would be great also, of course, if we could circulate it in our organizations.
Thanks, Bob, for the link!

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