#Adjuncts, meet your colleague, Professor Staff! 
© Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune: April 1, 2014

#Adjuncts, meet your colleague, Professor Staff! 

© Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune: April 1, 2014

Bill Evaluating Adjuncts Gets Signed Into Law in Florida!

While we have had such rigid & unfair evaluations in Texas for some time now, it seems that other states are following suit. This is what an anonymous Floridian sent me, with the new contract language below:

"I just got a group email that it’s a law for florida adjuncts to be
evaluated with classroom visits by the chair.
After he will hold a meeting with each of us, and then we sign a form
that goes into our file.
How degrading is that? I feel like a mcdonalds minimum wage earner
going through a meeting with the boss.
They don’t do that to tenured faculty and some of them are horrible!
NEW law passed last year.
Oh, and new adjuncts need to be done their first semester.
(I was terrible my first semester 10 years ago!)
It just gets worse.”

MANUAL OF PROCEDURE

                                  

PROCEDURE NUMBER:  2360

PAGE 1 or 2

PROCEDURE TITLE: STATUTORY REFERENCE:

BASED ON POLICY: EFFECTIVE DATE: LAST REVISION DATE: LAST REVIEW DATE:

I. PURPOSE

Adjunct Instructor Review

FLORIDA STATUTES 1001.64 AND 1012.855
II-2: All Personnel: Personnel Actions and Levels of Appeal

August 22, 2013 N/A
N/A

To provide for a compliance review of all adjunct faculty on a scheduled basis. To assist in gathering information regarding the consistency of adjunct instructors in meeting institutional goals and objectives relative to their duties and responsibilities in the education of students.

II. PROCEDURE

  1. Adjunct instructors serve the College on a term-by-term basis. Such assignments are subject to change contingent upon enrollment, course cancellations, full-time faculty reassignment requests, department needs, and/or other programmatic considerations and needs of the College.
  2. All part-time (adjunct) instructors in compliance with College standards will be reviewed on a scheduled basis on a schedule to be determined by the College, but not less than once every three (3) years or 9 semesters of teaching. Adjunct faculty classroom observation must be completed during the first semester taught by any and all first time part-time instructors.
  3. The Adjunct Instructor Review Packet will consist of the following documents:
    1. Adjunct Faculty Compliance Checklist, located at the following Human Resources link: 
http://www.mdc.edu/hr/OnlineForms/Adjunct_Faculty_Compliance_Checklist.pdf
    2. Adjunct Faculty Classroom Observation Form, as required by the discipline, located at the following Human Resources link: http://www.mdc.edu/hr/OnlineForms/Adjunct_Classroom_Observation_Form.pdf

Manual of Procedures – Procedure 2360 Page 2 of 2

3. Student Feedback, located in the Faculty Resources menu of the MDC Employee Portal:

https://www.mdc.edu/employees/#

  1. The Adjunct Instructor Review Packet shall be discussed with the employee and the employee shall be asked to sign the form as acknowledgement of having discussed the review.
  2. Once the employee’s signature is affixed to the completed Adjunct Instructor Review Documents, no changes, additions or deletions shall be made without the knowledge of the employee. If the employee refuses to sign the form, the supervisor should so note on the form and forward for processing.
  3. The department shall provide the employee with a final copy of the review documents and the original form will be forwarded through administrative channels to the Division of Human Resources for placement in the employee’s personnel file.

                                  

 

9/10/2013

 

 

PRESIDENT DATE

 

UNFAIR #labor practices, #adjuncts? #HigherEd's outright exploitation! Take a look at what an anonymous colleague sent me, to publish so we could all see & share: do so widely, so everyone becomes aware of the elephant in the room that #admin wants to keep secret!

UNFAIR #labor practices, #adjuncts#HigherEd's outright exploitation! Take a look at what an anonymous colleague sent me, to publish so we could all see & share: do so widely, so everyone becomes aware of the elephant in the room that #admin wants to keep secret!

Have Questions for Adjunct Town Hall? ASK away! Organized by @SEIU for @AdjunctAction Launch

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"The Annunciation" by Oskar Kokoshchka, 1911

Dear Colleagues, 

I am on my way to the Town Hall in DC Though all contingent faculty are much forgotten — as we all know — I want to represent our especially neglected voice in the outlier regions of the US, states where we are invisible and unaccounted for, too afraid to speak up. 

So please, if you want to say anything, make any special points, or ask anything at all, this is your chance to do it through me.

I will try my best to represent you, if you will let me.

This is our chance for feedback. This is a call for questions. If you send your questions/feedback to me, I promise I will try my best to return your queries with genuine conversation.

I don’t know if or when I will have online connections, but when I do, I will make sure to check for your replies. Thank you! 

In sol(idarity), 

Ana M. Fores Tamayo, Adjunct Justice 
Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/better-pay-for-adjuncts
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AdjunctJustice

Adjuncts, we know what side we’re on, don’t we? 
Thanks to David Ruccio, © Joel Pett & Lexington Herald-Leader

Adjuncts, we know what side we’re on, don’t we? 

Thanks to David Ruccio, © Joel Pett & Lexington Herald-Leader

Suny New Paltz UUP Chapter President Peter Brown’s  National Mobilization for Equity signs on big partners to their #HigherEd campaign! 

The Mayday $5K Campaign, launched last year, is one aspect of an emerging Mobilization for Equity (M4E), which has now been endorsed by a growing number of organizations, including UUP, SEIU, the California Part-time Faculty Association and other organizations with millions of members. The Mobilization is an evolving national coalition of organizations working together to activate contingents and advocate for equity at the grassroots level. M4E has called for scheduling events around the country to support contingent faculty, beginning on May 1, 2014 (http://nationalmobilizationforequity.org).


Some folks at other campuses have asked about suggested activities for May Day. Be as creative as possible! Get your members to come up with issues and events that they feel address the situation on your campus. It is not that different from Campus Equity Week events, if those have ever been undertaken. Try to engage all segments of your chapter members: contingents, tenure-track colleagues and professionals. Reach out to other unions on and off campus, student groups, faith-based and community groups. 


The $5K campaign is about more than just salary. Go to the Mayday Declaration to view the other demands: http://bit.ly/XEta7u. Without disparaging unions, which thankfully are now focusing more on contingent issues, point out that the pay gap between adjuncts and everyone else has grown steadily over the past decades. At New Paltz, for instance, when adjusted for inflation, adjuncts’ pay since 1970 is down 49%, while the president’s salary has soared 35%. Point to this growing disparity as you call for a $5K minimum starting salary for adjuncts. Naturally, $5K is a totally arbitrary figure, so you can call for a lower or higher amount, depending on the situation at your campus. Using humor—cartoons, satire, comedy—can be highly effective.

The $5K Campaign is simply one step among many toward equity. Here are some suggested activities to raise awareness and visibility of contingent issues: 


· Organize a rally with a variety of speakers—faculty, students and other unions on/off campus 


· Encourage passage of $5K resolutions by the Faculty Senate and the Student Senate 


· Stage a teach-in directed at faculty, students and the general public 


· Outline the history of May Day beginning in the 19 th century and spreading around the world 


· Support relevant statewide legislation or pending bills 


· Have students and faculty sign petitions in support of a $5K minimum starting salary 


· Distribute and wear $5K buttons for a day, a week, a month, a year: to class, committee and other faculty meetings 


· Reach out to recruit allies among the tenure-track faculty: invite them to a reception or party 


· Issue press releases, talk to editors/reporters of newspapers, including the campus paper 


· Leaflet the campus: faculty, students, prospective students and their families 


· Hang signs, fliers and posters to make your campaign as visual as possible 


· Organize a forum on contingent faculty at your campus, with contingents, department chairs and full-time faculty scheduled as speakers, then produce an audio recording and post the transcript on your chapter website (http://www.uuphost.org/newpaltzwp/adjuncts/forum-on-contingent-faculty-103013 ) 


If you email me with your planned activities, we will post them on the Mobilization for Equity website. The M4E organizers are eager to share your ideas, plans and prior experiences. 


In solidarity, 
Peter in New Paltz

adjunctjustice:

While friends in #IT receive appx $4000 per recruit, #HigherEd schools like @TCCollege want to give #adjuncts ONLY A CHANCE TO WIN $100 gift card? 
Doesn’t #Admin say we are exploited because there are TOO many of us? Then why is @TCCollege trying to bribe us to recruit more adjuncts? What OTHER colleges are guilty of this crime? FOR SHAME! The dominoes must topple!

adjunctjustice:

While friends in #IT receive appx $4000 per recruit, #HigherEd schools like @TCCollege want to give #adjuncts ONLY A CHANCE TO WIN $100 gift card? 

Doesn’t #Admin say we are exploited because there are TOO many of us? Then why is @TCCollege trying to bribe us to recruit more adjuncts? What OTHER colleges are guilty of this crime? FOR SHAME! The dominoes must topple!

Corinthian Colleges’ 2014 Parthenon to be held at George Washington’s plantation? An oppressively appropriate place…

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By Dahn Shaulis
Every year, for-profit Corinthian Colleges (Everest, Heald, and Wyotech brands) recruit tens of thousands of vulnerable working people (vets, women, people of color, the underemployed), selling them a dream that in many cases won’t materialize—and in worst cases, ties them up in a lifetime of debt peonage.   In the process, Corinthian Colleges takes in hundreds of millions of tax dollars meant for the betterment of these people, for programs that are overpriced and undervalued.  

Corinthian Colleges also uses some of these funds for an annual event, the lavish multi-day Parthenon.  This year’s Parthenon will be held in Washington, DC, from August 6-9. 

How ironic (and oppressively appropriate) that the event was held last year at George Washington’s plantation.

Here’s what one former employee told me about Parthenon (other anonymous sources have said there was much more debauchery):
 

"I attended 6 Parthenons while employed at CCI. One in Las Vegas we all stayed at Cesar’s palace, one in New Orleans, one in south Beach Florida, one in Canada, and my last one in Washington DC.  They are all extravagant events.  

The first day there is a huge dinner and entertainment; in DC this took place at George Washington’s plantation. The following day there is always a short meeting about where the company is and going; it’s never more than a couple of hours. Then you are free to sign up for one of the many events offered. There is free flowing alcohol at EVERY event. 

Each attendee was given a Visa card for him or herself and  guest, to spend the following day: $50 each.  

The next day is usually that stupid game… if I remember, it’s a family feud time thing, with expensive prizes given to the winners. The final night is the Parthenon ball, which is always formal, with a huge dinner, dancing, drinks. At each Parthenon there is a DVD made, showing highlights of all the events. I probably still have a couple lying around.  There is always one guest speaker at one of the day time events… guess they were supposed to motivate everyone. There are gifts in the room each night when you return for you and your guest.

The employee pays for nothing other than guest’s airfare.  All meals, alcohol, hotel, transportation to Parthenon, and all  events, spending money, gifts, and activities you can participate in are taken care of, including tips.

The location varies year to year.  One of the first years it took place in the Bahamas, a couple of years in Mexico.  At one of the Parthenons, I won two round trip tickets on American Airlines to anywhere in the continental United States.  I can honestly say hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent. You are even given custom luggage tags for all your bags. 

In all my years with CCI, I must admit I loved going to Parthenon. You are treated like royalty. The one that took place in D.C — for the awards night — the room looked as if it had been decorated by Hollywood professionals. It was that spectacular! I had never seen anything like it except in movies.”

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