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[Private-Sector Faculty Organizing]

Adjunct Action : Adjunct faculty at several Washington, DC area schools recently organized with SEIU, with which we are also affiliated. Adjuncts in Boston and Los Angeles are currently engaged in their own large-scale organizing drives.

[General Information]

Adjunct Nation : is an online news site serving higher education readers across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Adjunct Project : The AAUP’s “Adjunct Project” website is a database containing information on adjunct wages, benefits and other conditions across the country. Please feel free to add your own anonymous information, as it helps further the movement for contingent faculty reforms.

Adjunct Nation : provides self-reported information on US universities, including information on faculty composition, salaries, revenue and endowment.


Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed (CFHE) : is an organization advocating for a broad program of higher education reform

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) : is an organization of activists throughout North America working to reform contingent faculty issues. Their biannual conference brings together adjunct leaders to discuss the collective achievement of job reliability, livable wages, academic freedom, and time and resources for academic research and professional development. They are not affiliated with any single labor union, but strongly advocate collective bargaining as the most effective way to improve contingent working conditions.

Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success : brought together leading education experts and stakeholders from throughout the academic community to discuss the growth of dependency on contingent instruction and its impacts on student outcomes. One of their key recurring findings is that unionized contingent faculty in community colleges receive better wages and benefits, more training, and greater participation in faculty governance. This may transmit to improved educational outcomes for students.

New Faculty Majority : The New Faculty Majority is “dedicated to improving the quality of higher education by advancing professional equity and securing academic freedom for all adjunct and contingent faculty.” They list seven equity goals for contingents in areas such as compensation, job security, academic freedom, faculty governance, professional advancements, benefits and unemployment insurance.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925

[Books & Academic Articles]

Berry, J. (2005). Reclaiming the Ivory Tower . New York, NY: Monthly Review Press.

Johnson, B, Kavanaugh, P & Mattson, K. (Eds). (2003). Steal this University . New York, NY: Routeledge.

Kezar, A. (2011). “Contingent Faculty in Academy: Current Challenges and Prospects.” American Behavioral Scientist . (55, 11).

Schelle, E (2004). “Toward a New Labor Movement in Higher Education: Contingent Labor and Organizing for Change” in Bousquet, M, Scott, T & Parascondola, L (Eds.) T enured Bosses & Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University (100-115). Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University.

Wallin, Desna (2004). “Valuing Professional Colleagues: Adjunct Faculty in Community and Technical Colleges.” Community College Journal of Research and Practice . (28, 4).