Contingent Faculty

New Report on Contingent Faculty and Governance

As the AAUP has documented time and time again, the proportion of faculty appointments that are “contingent”—lacking the benefits and protections of tenure and a planned long-term relationship with an institution—has increased dramatically over the past few decades. By 2009—the latest year for which national data are available—75 percent of US faculty appointments were off the tenure track, and 60 percent were part-time.

Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed Releases Report on Contingent Faculty

A new report out from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education focuses on problems faced by contingent faculty and their students at the start of the term. The report is based on a survey by the New Faculty Majority of five hundred faculty members.

Report Examines Working Conditions of Part-Time Faculty

In June, the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, a group that includes the AAUP, released an initial report based on data from its wide-ranging survey of the working conditions of contingent faculty. Nearly thirty thousand people replied to the survey. The initial report focused on part-time faculty members, from whom ten thousand responses were received.

Snakes and Ladders

Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education. Ann L. Mullen. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. Professor X. New York: Viking, 2011.

Report Finds Inadequate Conditions for Contingent Faculty

A new report from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (of which the AAUP is a member) focuses on problems faced by contingent faculty and their students at the start of the academic term.

The Status of Part-Time Faculty

Statement offering new propositions, consistent with Association principles, to address some of the continuing problems concerning part-time faculty members.

Report on Contingent Faculty Participation in Governance Issued

The AAUP has issued the final version of The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments. The report’s recommendations address the fact that the majority of faculty appointments are now off the tenure track, while faculty governance structures at many institutions have not evolved accordingly.

The full report will be available on the AAUP website at http://www.aaup.org/report/governance-inclusion.

Contingent Faculty in Governance

A new report examines issues surrounding the participation in governance of faculty in contingent appointments recommends guidelines for inclusion.

Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty

Actions by colleges and universities to cut the courseloads of part-time faculty members to evade provisions of the Affordable Care Act are reprehensible. Institutions must recognize the many activities in which part-time faculty members engage, and provide benefits accordingly.

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