Saturday, January 28, 2012

Summit Up #NewFac12!

Summit Program - Final.doc Download this file


Yes, today is the day. Can't be there? Got it covered: Twitter, Facebook, live blogging, social media team at the ready and other attendees armed with mobiles. Follow #newfac12 on Twitter. Lee Bessette will be liveblogging the Summit at College Ready Writing. Check out her pre-Summit post with resource links and listing the team so I don't have to again here. 

Check @NewFacMajority and NFM's Facebook wall for introductions and links. We'll add others as they come up. I'll be here and there, dropping in on Twitter and Facebook, checking mail and rss feeds. All from New Mexico...

Alas, no livestreaming video. Who knows, maybe there will be mobiles with web cams in the crowd. Never discount serendipity. Audio will be available after the event.    

Talking Pointsplus a great late add from Gary Rhoades, visibility

  • Students’ learning conditions equate to faculty’s working conditions.
  • About 75% of faculty in colleges and universities in the U.S. are working off the “tenure track,” more than 800,000 academic workers.
  • There is a dearth of data being collected and reported regarding the terms and conditions of employment of these contingent workers, and therefore the general public is misinformed.  In particular, they are led to believe that the average salary of a college professor is far higher than it really is.
  • While the average annual salary of a tenured full professor may be above $80,000, the average per 3-credit course salary of an adjunct is estimated to be about $2500, or the equivalent of about $20,000 for full-time work.
  • Many part-time contingents do not have access to any benefits, including health insurance, retirement contributions, sick leave, etc.
  • Despite decade of efforts by unions and other higher education organizations to reverse the trend, more and more full-time tenure-track positions are being converted to either part-time or full-time contingent positions.  It’s time for action.
  • The NFM Foundation invites individuals, groups, organizations and institutions to work together to improve the quality of our higher education system by solving the problems created by the preponderance of contingent employment.
  • The NFM Foundation hopes that Summit participants will form the nexus of a movement to take actions that will provide contingent faculty with  equitable compensation, job security, advancement opportunities, benefits and self governance.
Less Familiar Speakers
  • Claire Goldstene, Professorial Lecturer (NTT), Department of History, American University: Profile; H-Net Book Review, Shelton Stromquist. Reinventing 'The People': The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism. 
  • Carol Schneider, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities: BioPerspectives and Presentations
  • Adrianna Kezar, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California and Associate Director, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis; NYT  debate series article, No Tenure, No Nothing
  • Heather Wathington, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Virginia and Affiliate of the Center for Urban Education (CUE) - Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE) Partnership for Equity and Policy. On Twitter as @hwathingtonPublications.
  • Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, The Center for Community Change; about the Center; articles about Deepak Bhargava: "A Voice for the Grassroots Inside the Beltway" and "Change We Can Believe In" (Strategies that rely on insider influence can't deliver large-scale change -- but mobilizations outside government can)
  • Stanley Katz, Director, Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies; "How to Justify Our Paychecks," article on productivity in higher education and "Beyond Crude Measurement and Consumerism" (We ought to be up to the task of figuring out what it is that our students know by the end of four years at college that they did not know at the beginning). 

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