Did I give up trying to better the position of adjunct faculty? Of course not, but as our numbers grew the support did not. In fact many of us just hunkered in and continued to let ourselves be exploited. Many of us had been working as individuals in our own states or in our own Colleges to get more equity for adjunct faculty. Working alone is difficult when trying to achieve success, however many of us networked and kept each other aware of the failures and success we had achieved. We did this because we shared a common goal: respect and better pay and working conditions for adjunct faculty.
Fast forward to the past 6-8 years and our numbers have swelled to the point that we overwhelmingly outnumber full time faculty. Then the 'AHA' moment came when some leaders came up with the idea of forming organizations across the nation and also include the growing number of contingent faculty to our cause. Several organizations have been formed over the past few years and they have been successful in bringing our issues before the public an making many aware of the situation in Higher Ed. National education labor unions have been supporting adjunct issues on a regular basis. Even individual groups in colleges have been making inroads.
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Why can't we all work together? The time wasted with factional divisions can be better used by all of us to achieve the goals we all strive for. We need to put personalities and pettiness aside and work together as adjunct and contingent faculty for the furtherance of our basic rights as professional educators.