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Temple Adjuncts Want a Vote

In Hub Features on February 20, 2015 at 8:56 am

by Paul Dannenfelser

Temple Adjuncts Want a Vote

Adjuncts want a voice, and they want a vote. They want an opportunity to cast their ballots to be represented by a union. An overwhelming number of adjuncts have declared their desire to have a union election. They did this by surpassing the number of signatures required by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board on union authorization cards. They now await an agreement between Temple and the union that seeks to represent the adjuncts. The agreement will outline election procedures, procedures that Temple seems to be in no hurry to establish.

After many adjunct organizing meetings and thousands of conversations over the last two years, we have tremendous support for a union. It is time for the Temple administration to listen to its adjunct instructors. Adjuncts want their important contributions to students to be recognized. They want to be treated fairly and with respect. They want decent wages, job security and good working conditions. They don’t want the administration to delay the vote and waste valuable student resources. If the administration is truly listening to its adjuncts, then it should come to agreement with the union on a fair election process and stop wasting time and money on union-busting lawyers.

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Plan A, or, Don’t Call Me an Adjunct

In Hub Features on February 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

By David Chatfield

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog ( It is reposted here with permission from the author.

Plan A, or, Don’t Call Me an Adjunct

David Chatfield, It’s Not About the Clock, or KA-CHUNK. 48″x52″. Oil on Canvas, 2011.

Teaching is as much a labor of love as it is a part of my artistic practice. I would be teaching in some capacity no matter the circumstance, just as I would be painting or collaging no matter the circumstance.

Yet I am continually reminded that it is labor.

I am obligated by my passion to teach, yet I am laboring extremely long hours at two different schools in order to fulfill that obligation.

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Considering Copyright in the Classroom

In Hub Features on August 11, 2014 at 7:00 am

cc-by-nc-nd by Adam D. Zolkover

What you probably already know about copyright in the classroom is that there are some special rules, a little bit more permissive, that allow teachers and students to use protected intellectual property for the purposes of education.  As an instructor at a university, for example, I am permitted to show an excerpt from my favorite production of Hamlet if the purpose of the exhibition is to illustrate some point about the text, show it might be staged, or generate a discussion among my students that forwards the purposes of their education.  And likewise, my students are allowed to share excerpts of copyrighted materials in papers that they write for me, or in presentations that they give to the class.

The rules for doing this have been widely disseminated and are available, among other places, from here at the Indiana University library website.

If you haven’t read those rules carefully, however, what you may not know about using copyrighted material for educational purposes is just how restricted that usage remains.  If you plan to disseminate a copied text to all of your students or for your students to disseminate copies among themselves, the recommendation of the U.S. Copyright Office is that it be no more than: Read the rest of this entry »

Meet a Member

In Hub Features, Philly Blog on July 31, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Photo by Anna Neighbor

Anna Neighbor interviews Naomi Levine

When did you become a member and why?

I became a member in May. I believe in having a unionized work force. Also I feel a real sense of urgency to improve what is a pretty criminal employment situation for a highly educated and dedicated work force. It’s hard to stomach knowing that each of your students is paying thousands of dollars for your services and yet you are only making a fraction of what a single student pays to take your class.

When not juggling day jobs, where are we most likely to find you?

I am currently editing a documentary film about Armenia, and doing my best not to watch hours of singing competition auditions on youtube.

 If you had a personal mascot what would it be?

I think Rosie the Riveter is a pretty great mascot.  

 When you cook us all dinner, what will you prepare for us?

I will make Armenian food. It’s delicious, I have great family recipes, and it’s cheap to prepare.

On Campus: We Are All Contingent

In Hub Features on July 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm


 This post was originally published in the American Federation of Teachers’  higher ed publication: On Campus, Summer 2014 issue.

by Gary Rhoades

The shape of higher education, as of society, is changing. In our not-for-profit institutions, policymakers and managers are working to reorganize academic employment to at-will, just-in-time, pay-for-“performance” work. They are reorganizing colleges and universities to operate like businesses seeking to maximize institutional revenues and minimize investment in instruction. This model serves corporate business’s needs. But it’s a disservice to a large portion of our student populations, particularly the growing number of low-income, underserved populations that are seeking educational opportunity. Read more

Compensation in Higher Ed

In Hub Features, News, Philly Blog on June 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

Comix by Bugsy


Below are a number of sources for information regarding the salaries of faculty and administrators in higher ed:

The Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey conducted by The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

According to the site, “Findings reflect the salaries of 54,853 job incumbents in public and private institutions nationwide. Salaries were reported by 1,247 institutions for 191 selected positions, mostly at the director level and above.” They report a range from a median salary of $42,400 for a Campus Greek Life Administrator to $539,537 for Chief Health Affairs Officer.

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In Hub Features on June 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Philadelphia area adjuncts read Rate-My-Professor entries from their students in this video from the United Academics of Philadelphia. For many adjuncts, this is the only source of feedback they receive about their teaching. The video was premiered on April 19th at the UAP Adjunct Symposium


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