MSU agrees to pay adjunct faculty $67K in back wages

Source: Lansing State Journal February 27, 2014 Matthew Miller EAST LANSING — Michigan State University has agreed to pay more than $67,000 in back wages to its unionized adjunct professors. The Union of Nontenure Track Faculty, which represents more than 500 fixed-term faculty members at MSU, had filed a grievance last spring over the raises…

New Analysis Shows Problematic Boom In Higher Ed Administrators

Source: New England Center for Investigative Reporting February 6, 2014 Jon Marcus The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty, according to an analysis of federal figures. The disproportionate increase…

An ‘Alarming Snapshot’ of Adjunct Labor

Source: Chronicle VitaeDate: January 24, 2014 by Sydni Dunn When Rep. George Miller, a Democrat from California, launched an online forum asking adjuncts to submit stories of their working conditions, contingent faculty greeted the effort with cautious applause. Finally, a national public figure was speaking up about higher education’s deepening labor gap. But would the…

“Overuse and Abuse of Adjunct Faculty Members Threaten Core Academic Values”

http://m.chronicle.com/article/OveruseAbuse-of-Adjuncts/143951/ Source: Chronicle of Higher Education Date: January 13, 2014 Author: Richard Moser he increasing exploitation of contingent faculty members is one dimension of an employment strategy sometimes called the “two-tiered” or “multitiered” labor system. This new labor system is firmly established in higher education and constitutes a threat to the teaching profession. If left…