National New Majority Faculty Day
April 30th 2009
day is dedicated to raising the visibility of all faculty teaching outside of
the tenure system. By faculty teaching classes outside, organizing rallies,
holding press conferences, and carrying signs, we will gain national media
attention and a stronger sense of internal unity
Pay for Equal Work!
For more info see below or contact Bob Samuels: email@example.com
On April 30th, contingent faculty from all over the country will be teaching their classes outside and holding rallies and press conferences to educate the public and their students about the current working conditions at American universities and colleges. One reason why these faculty members will be holding their classes outside is to draw attention to the fact that most of the people teaching in higher education do not have tenure and have limited academic freedom and job security. By bringing their classes outdoors, contingent faculty will not only make their labor more visible, but they will also gain a stronger sense of shared working conditions.
Another important motivation for this event is the threat that higher ed administrators will use the current economic downturn to justify the letting go of many non-tenured faculty, and once these teachers are released, we will witness a cutting of courses and an expansion of class size coupled with an increase in tuition and fees. In other words, parents and students will be paying more and getting less. While it is clear that some cost cutting will have to be implemented, we have to question why the loss of funds will be taken out on the most vulnerable faculty members and students. Why canít universities fire administrators or freeze their salaries? Why canít the wealthy institutions borrow from their billion dollar endowments to weather the storm?
If contingent faculty, students, and staff come out and make their presence known, they may be able to stop the easy administrative solution of just not rehiring the teachers who work outside of the tenure system. By claiming our status as the new majority in higher education, we can protect the quality of education in American universities and colleges.Please come out and support faculty, students, and higher education on April 30th.
For more info contact Bob Samuels: firstname.lastname@example.org
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