Contingent Faculty

What Do We Know about Teaching Online?

Headlines about online instruction change quickly. Six months ago, massive open online courses (MOOCs) were news. Now, the news is no longer about the wonders of technology or access—the focus instead is on the potentially negative effects of online working conditions.

What is it really like to teach online? What kind of professional life does an online faculty member lead? Does the art of teaching survive online delivery? Faculty working conditions, after all, are students’ learning conditions.

Change Requires Discipline

Today, approximately seven out of every ten instructional faculty members at nonprofit institutions of higher learning are employed off the tenure track; nearly half of all faculty members providing instruction in nonprofit higher education hold part-time appointments. The characteristics that distinguish tenure-track from non-tenure-track faculty members are not limited to the latter’s lack of eligibility for tenure.

Campus Equity Week 2013

Campus Equity Week 2013 will be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 2, and will feature more than 125 events to raise awareness about the nation’s increasingly stratified higher education system.

Contract Agreement at Wright State

In late September, the AAUP chapter at Wright State University in Ohio signed its first contract and workload agreement with the university covering about 180 fulltime non-tenure-eligible faculty members, giving them unprecedented job security and other benefits.

Campus Equity Week

Campus Equity Week (called Fair Employment Week in Canada) is designed to draw attention to inequities on campuses across North America. The vast majority of faculty now hold insecure partand full-time non-tenure-track positions, often subject to exploitative employment conditions. And students’ access to a high-quality college education is increasingly uneven.

Of Brahmins and Dalits in the Academic Caste System

Traditionally, the three-pronged mission of our colleges and universities has been to provide high-quality education, encourage cutting-edge research, and promote professional and community service. The substitution of business-based policies for sound academic principles, however, has institutionalized a form of professional inequality that threatens all three.

The Ethics of Tenuous Faculty

What exactly are the ethical responsibilities of college faculty? From what do they arise? How do those responsibilities matter in the everyday working lives of faculty members?

Push to Eliminate Wage Gap

Along with many contingent faculty members, AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum gave testimony this week in support of a Colorado bill that would eliminate compensation gap between so-called “regular faculty” and “instructors” in the state's community colleges.

Welcome UNH Lecturers!

We have great news to share—there’s a new AAUP union in New Hampshire. Lecturers at the University of New Hampshire voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionization, with 141 lecturers casting ballots in favor of being represented by the UNH Lecturers United AAUP.

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