The long awaited NFM Foundation report from CFHE Center /think tank is out and fab. I really wanted to write “simply mahvelous” but fabulous is what Gary calls it, so I’ll go with ‘fab” and the awesome alliteration of “fab Foundation” report as assembled, organized, written and edited by Gary Rhoades and our own fab five. Steve Street (to whom the report is dedicated), Maria Maisto, Esther Merves, Judy Olson and Anne Wiegard. Introducing the release, Gary Rhoades writes,
Attached (linked actually, see below) is the second report of the think tank, the Center for theFuture of Higher Education, courtesy of the FABULOUS work of the NewFaculty Majority Foundation.
"Who is Professor ‘Staff’ and how does this person teach so many classes" offers not only data about "just in time" employment and insufficient access to instructional resources for contingent faculty, it also provides a tool for redressing SOME of those problems at limited cost, though we emphasize in closing the report that there is a structural deficit in higher education that must be resolved to ensure affordable, quality higher education.
The key points in brief [but no surprise to any contingent faculty] are as follow:
1. “Just in time” hiring is bad for teachers and for students. Of the faculty surveyed, approximately 2/3 of them were hired for classes with three weeks or less to prepare.
2. Contingent faculty access to key instructional resources is invariably late and limited.
3. The current just in time and late/limited access to instructional resources regime is NOT a result of fiscal and flexibility restraints but of managerial inattentiveness.
4. The timing of hiring of contingent faculty needs to become transparent, and administrators need to make clear the instructional resources available to contingent faculty when hired.
To make promotion as painless as possible, CFHE member Jeff Kolnick has written a VERY nice op-ed template, again. He's happy, as with our first report, for people to use it to cut and paste and adapt to their situation. It's a small time commitment, so PLEASE submit op-eds to your local papers, even to the student newspaper on your campus. If your semester/quarter starts later, then you can time your "back to school" piece with the start of classes.
[Ed note: although Gary omits blogs and social media from the mix, I’m taking
the liberty to add it: if you blog, belong to a higher ed or contingent faculty listserv or group, post the op-ed there. Share on Facebook. Tweet and retweet links to the report. Email, forward and so on.]
We got good coverage with the first report but need more of the campaign members, [supporters, and contingent faculty stakeholders] to push this piece. The fact that we have a usable tool as part of the report should make this really attractive, and is a good "hook," in that we're not only identifying problems, we're offering solutions.
POLICY REPORT #2
Who is Professor "Staff," and how can this person teach so many classes? Appearing AUGUST 2012 by Steve Street, Maria Maisto, Esther Merves and Gary Rhoades for the Center for the Future of Higher Education.Download Report and associated documents:
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (pdf)
- FULL REPORT (pdf)\
- NEWS RELEASE (pdf, referenced and briefly excerpted above)
- Learn more about the New Faculty Majority Foundation's Back-to-School Survey and other research
- Download Survey
“How Universities Treat Adjuncts Limits Their Effectiveness in the Classroom, Report Says” by Audrey Williams June, Chronicle, August 23, 2012
“The Adjunct Scramble” by Kaustuv Basu, Inside HigherEd, August 23, 2012