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(Left to right) Adjunct professor of philosophy Scott Kinder-Pyle, senior lecturer Andrea Fallenstein and senior lecturer Heath Herrick. (Gonzaga Bulletin | Ben Walker photo)

Three adjunct and contingent professors at Gonzaga University speak about their union campaign and what it means to them.

“[Students] are all paying a tremendous amount of money to be here to get the best education that you can get,” Fallenstein said. “It seems to me that we should be following through with the tenets of educating the whole person, and that means staying true to our mission, our vision and our values.”

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Adjuncts and Contingents Together (ACT) proudly held our first State-Wide Council meeting on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Seattle. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together faculty from various campuses that are currently organizing with SEIU.

Our goal was to help, inform and support each other. The meeting was attended by faculty from Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, Gonzaga University and Antioch University Seattle. Read More

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“If the future is part-time, the future is also unions. Check out Chronicle of Higher Education reporters sharing their thoughts on trends in academia, including Peter Schmidt’s video on adjuncts unionizing with SEIU “.

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New Faculty Marjority Award for Excellence in Activism

Last month, the New Faculty Majority announced the Steve Street Award for Extraordinary Faculty Activism, which recognizes activism through creative expression on behalf of contingent faculty.

Maria Maisto, NFM president, shared the news at the International Conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) in New York City, where activists from the U.S., Mexico and Canada gathered. The award will consist of a $500 prize, along with publication and recognition in a venue to be determined.

“By establishing this award, we hope to encourage other activists to follow Steve’s example by using their talents to advance the causes of economic and social justice through fearless intellectual and artistic critique,” Maisto said. Read more here .

Nominations are due by September 30; click here to learn more about the process of applying .

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University of the District of Columbia Part-Time Faculty Vote to Join Majority of DC Adjuncts in SEIU

Adjunct faculty at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) have voted to join their colleagues at Georgetown, Howard, George Washington and American universities and form a union in SEIU Local 500. A vast majority voted in favor of forming a union, joining a rapidly growing national union movement to address the crisis in higher education and the troubling trend toward a marginalized teaching faculty.

Seventy-five percent of adjunct faculty in Washington, DC are now united in SEIU Local 500. Professor Juan Laster, a UDC adjunct, said. “We worked very hard for this victory, but this is only the first step. I am looking forward to working with the administration on a first contract that respects our work as educators and faculty and as a key part of the UDC community. I am also proud to be joining Howard University as the second HBCU to have a union for part-time faculty.” Read More