Thursday, April 19, 2012

Teach-in & Workshop, Green River CC, WA

Tomorrow, April 20. It's not national and on too short notice for outside the area. That's not the point. Instead of yearning for major conferences we cannot afford to attend, information silos for preaching to the choir and any silverbacks there by accident, why not begin at home? Hold more local workshops and teach-ins to educate the public and build contingent faculty networks. Share workshop ideas, fliers, plans, materials. Here's one tomorrow that you probably can't make but can take ideas from. Planning your own? Send us the information to post and share.

WHAT: Teach-in and Workshops – Adjunct Faculty In a System of Apartheid. 

WHY:  More than 75 percent of all college faculty members are adjunct/ temporary/at-will. Students and parents are unaware of the sweatshop conditions of their professors.

WHEN: April 20, 2012 – 1-2 p.m. & 2:30-3:30

Session 1 – “The Solution to Faculty Apartheid” with Guests Speakers
Frank Cosco, the President of the Vancouver Community College Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, will speak on the topic of “Abolishing the Two-Track System.”  Few people know that in British Columbia apartheid has been abolished and all faculty members are treated equally.

Jack Longmate of Olympic College in Bremerton will speak on “The Overload Debate: Conflict of Interest Between Full- and Part-Time Faculty.”
Session 2 – “Rolling Up Our Sleeves – Good, Bad, Ugly of Adjunct teaching
A workshop for adjunct faculty allowing adjuncts to brainstorm on the pluses and minuses of their profession and to come up with solutions and some goals about the kind of system they would like see in place the future.
WHERE: Sessions 1 & 2 in Glacier Room of the Lindbloom Student Center on the Auburn, WA Green River campus.

The Green River Community College Adjunct Faculty Association recognizes the apartheid system in Washington State and throughout the country where colleges and universities have virtually stopped adding new full-time, tenure-track positions.  Instead, almost three out of four college professors nationwide now teach off the tenure-track. After spending years earning Master’s and Doctoral degrees, and often incurring thousands of dollars in student loans, these professionals are graduating as professionals only to find little available but part-time, temporary jobs that pay poverty-level wages and offer little opportunity for advancement.

The two-track system of tenure-track “haves” and non-tenure-track “have-nots” has rightly been called “faculty apartheid” because of the radical differences in the treatment afforded these two groups of professors who teach the same classes, but under very different circumstances. There is a nationwide movement afoot to fight this two-class system.
CONTACT: Keith Hoeller, 206-367-5764; email:


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