MAY DAY RALLY
Support our Faculty!!
MONDAY, MAY 1
Concourse in front of Humanities
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Join us on May Day — the original worker’s holiday — to demand better treatment of our faculty!!
In response to the recent mass non-renewal of our term adjuncts, the UUP New Paltz Chapter Executive Committee recently voted to endorse the attached Statement in Solidarity with Adjunct Faculty. We are soliciting other groups and individuals who would like to endorse the statement as well–get in touch with me if you’d like to sign on, or have a community organization that would like to do so!!
We would like as many people as possible to come to the rally (even if you can only do so for a few minutes!), in order to deliver this message to our Administration.
Statement in Solidarity with Adjunct Faculty
The SUNY New Paltz administration recently issued non-renewal letters to 165 adjunct faculty, notifying them they may not have a job in the Fall. The reason cited for this action is that a $4 million budget shortfall in the current academic year necessitates the elimination of as many adjunct-taught sections as possible. Even if many of the non-renewed individuals are invited to return, the impact of this action is so negative that we find it necessary to object strenuously. Adjunct faculty are the most poorly paid and most precariously employed people on our campus, but without whom the basic educational mission of the College could not be achieved.
The adjuncts who received a certified letter from the College – some of whom have been teaching essential courses here for decades – have been put on an emotional (and financial) roller coaster, one which is antithetical to a supportive, positive environment for teaching and learning. Teacher working conditions are student learning conditions!
Students are now confronted with a Fall schedule of classes where no instructor is listed for many courses. Many students are understandably reluctant to register for courses if they have no idea who will be teaching them. This will cause adjunct-taught sections to be systematically under-enrolled, increasing the likelihood that fewer adjuncts will be called back in the Fall.
The Administration’s approach forces the question: Is their aim to increase course load for full-time lecturers and tenure track faculty, to cover classes previously taught by adjuncts? Such an outcome will directly impact the time and energy faculty have to support their students. In the case of tenure-track faculty it will compromise their research, which has long been touted by the College as a key strength in improving the overall quality of education we provide.
We call upon the SUNY New Paltz Administration to:
– Respect and value the dignity of the labor and contributions made by our part-time contingent faculty in disciplines across the campus
– Increase their job security by offering progressively longer-term appointments, and making a more enduring commitment to those who have devoted themselves to their students and departments over time.
– Pay adjunct faculty a wage commensurate with their training and experience. To pay $3,200 for a 15-week, 3-credit course to someone who has taught at SUNY New Paltz for many years – including some holding a PhD in their field – is exploitative and insulting. UUP and others have long called for a minimum of $5K per course, which is comparable to the rate being paid full-time, teaching-only lecturers.
– Make every effort to demand that the State allocate sufficient resources to SUNY, to sustain a high quality, accessible system of public higher education and to make clear in the College’s budget the priority of teaching and learning on our campus.
We publicly endorse this statement of solidarity, and invite others to join us as we call for equity, justice, and recognition of the dignity of teaching as a central function at SUNY New Paltz.
UUP-New Paltz Chapter Executive Board