Open an investigation into the labor practices of our colleges and universities in the employment of contingent faculty

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Karla Stinger
6 years ago
Thank you for this petition. Here is what I am doing in relation: If you have student loan debt and you think you are going to benefit from the federal Public Loan Forgiveness program as an adjunct, you are in for yet another ride. Please support this Change.org petition I started here: www.tinyurl.com/accessforadjuncts.

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Wendy Hendrickson
6 years ago
I too am working as an adjunct teaching the exact same classes as full time teachers but I am paid 67% less per tracing hour and nothing for the actual hours I spend out of class preparing, grading and meeting with students. This is just wrong!

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Rebecca Jackson
6 years ago
I just recently earned my Master's degree to teach English as a second language. Unfortunately, half way through earning my degree I discovered that getting a full time job doing this was next to impossible. It is outrageous that universities and colleges are allowed to exploit professors in such a way that renders them impoverished. Fortunately, I am able to travel overseas to teach English and avoid the "adjuntivitis", but I would much rather stay in the US, close to my family and friends.

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Garold Jackson
6 years ago
I too have worked as an adjunct professor of mathematics at three community colleges. I know just how little their compensation is.

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Cynthea Della Paul
6 years ago
this is really outrageous and sad

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Les Zenack
6 years ago
I signed this petition because, as a contingent professor of mathematics at a Massachusetts community college, my wage is about half the wage of a full-time professor for teaching the same class.

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William Wood
6 years ago
My older daughter is an adjunct in the California State colleges.Despite two masters' degrees (in creative writing and art) she cannot earn a living wage. At Santa Monica City College she taught art history for six years and then was summarily fired for not having a Ph.D. by a Department Head who himself does not have a Ph.D. These adjuncts - my daughter and all those sharing her plight are not just part of our country's working poor, they are a part of America's educated working poor. Please let me know what I can do to help the cause and keep me posted on the status of your petition.

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Kerry Smith
6 years ago
I've read the article and I believe our education system is suffering from these practices.

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Peter Geisser
6 years ago
The greed which motivates US college administrations an corporate powers is so part of our culture that we almost believe it is right. It is not right and is taking down our students

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joann griswold
6 years ago
The practice of hiring contract faculty and paying them peanuts is akin to slave labor. The head of the dept or the full professor gets all the $$$ and time off to publish, attend conferences, give speeches, do research..often with all or part expenses paid. i , also, have been a victim of this...The head of the program gave lectures, and the final exam. I worked 16 hours/week as clinical assistant professor ( contract faculty) ...and if that were the only hours involved, I would have been paid relatively well, hwoever I had 10 studeents in area and for each I had 2 daily written projects to review, correct, grade, and weekly writings, and a lengthy final project...plus time spent in individual mtgs with students. I put in at least another 16 hours/week on the additional work..so the salary was abysmal. I did it for 2 semesters and for the 2nd semester, they forgot to pay me...and it took 3 additional months to get me $$$. They then offered me a full time position as clinical professor, however I refused and enjoyed the rest of my retired from a hospital life.