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UUP Honors Contingent Faculty Teaching 55% of New Paltz Courses

Contingents 3During National Adjunct Action Week, February 23-27, UUP is honoring the over 300 contingent faculty members who teach 55% of the 1,256 courses taught this semester at SUNY New Paltz. The union’s New Paltz Chapter has installed a display in the Jazzman’s Café, located in the foyer of Jacobson’s Faculty Tower, listing all of the approximately 700 courses taught by 57 full-time lecturers and 248 part-time, so-called “adjunct” lecturers and instructors.

“The dictionary definition of the term adjunct—something added to another thing but not essential to it—is such a misnomer in this case,” commented Chapter President Peter D. G. Brown, Distinguished Service Professor of German Emeritus. “Our adjuncts here, as everywhere else, teach all levels of all subjects, from Anthropology to Zoology. The entire academic enterprise is carried on the backs of these poorly supported and largely invisible academics. Students are adversely affected when their teachers lack basic support in the form of a living wage or offices to meet and mentor their students. Education suffers in the absence of any meaningful academic freedom due to our contingent faculty’s precarious employment.”

Part of the UUP display includes a collage of over 100 photos depicting the diverse faces of the contingent faculty at SUNY New Paltz.

Both UUP, representing some 35,000 members on 28 different campuses, and the SUNY Student Assembly, representing 465,000 students at 64 campuses, have called for increasing the minimum starting salary per three-credit course from the current $3,100 to $5,000.

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Rally Supporting Efforts to Unionize Adjuncts at Marist College

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Peter D.G. Brown (center with cap) at Marist College rally

 

New Paltz UUP Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown spoke at a rally April 9th in support of SEIU’s efforts to unionize adjuncts at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Marist is a private institution, dedicated to Catholic values, that costs $50,000 a year to attend. Its President, Dennis Murray, made over $2.6 million in 2011. Most of the courses are taught by adjuncts starting at $2,400 per course—less than one-thousandth of Murray’s salary. MORE

PBS NewsHour: Adjuncts in Higher Ed.

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PBS NewsHour story, broadcast nationally on February 6, focuses on the plight of low-paid adjuncts. Includes interview with New Paltz Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown, Watch now: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#62335

Class Warfare in Academe

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Essay by Peter D.G. Brown

Class warfare in the academy is unlikely to end any time soon. Meanwhile, we urgently need to connect the dots, to stop underfunding and privatizing public higher education. At the same time, we need to put an end to wasteful spending and overly generous perks that top administrators dole out to themselves. Saddling our students with backbreaking tuition loan debt is simply unsustainable. They, their parents, taxpayers and legislators deserve to know where their hard-earned tuition and tax dollars are going. The quality of their education and thus the future of our country depend on providing a living wage, job security and benefits to those actually teaching in our classrooms.
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