President Randi Weingarten opened the Conference with one of her rousing speeches. I had to compliment her after the speech for the concentration she put on contingent and adjunct faculty and our situation in the United States. She even took the time to explain the differences between adjunct and contingent positions and the various problems connected with each.
Every session had at least one workshop geared toward adjunct faculty. This was a complete change from previous Higher Ed Conferences which had very little concentration on our issues. In fact, a couple of years ago, many of us did not attend since there were no adjunct oriented workshops on the agenda. I remember a few years ago a collogue counted the number of times that President Weingarten mention 'adjunct' in her opening speech- it was THREE.