Welcome to the Adjunct Message Center. Our goal is to gather comments dealing with adjunct related issues and forward them to the PSC. Given that the contract is currently under negotiation, this is an opportune time to voice your concerns.
What we would especially like to know is how you feel about the workload (article 15.2 in the contract) which limits adjunct faculty to nine classroom contact hours at one campus and six at another. Many adjuncts would like a more flexible workload that does not compel them to endure the hardships of traveling between multiple campuses and negotiating conflicting schedules. Over time, this problem has been exacerbated by three to four hours transformations of core courses typically taught by adjuncts. Since three does not divide evenly into nine, adjuncts who are accustomed to teaching three courses at their home campus are at risk of losing one of these. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
We would also like to know how you feel about job security. The letter adjuncts receive from their employer offers re-employment contingent on “sufficiency of enrollment, financial availability, and curriculum need.” Many adjuncts would like a seniority system that provides greater job stability. Since adjuncts have already been subject to ten semesters of peer review, imposing additional review as a prerequisite for contracts offering greater job stability would be unwarranted.
Please scroll all the way down past the comments below and LEAVE A COMMENT of your own including your name, campus, and title. Please provide a detailed response to one or more than one of the following questions:
Are you in favor of a more flexible workload? Discuss the problem(s) with the nine hour per campus limit. Would you vote in favor of a contract that did NOT provide a more flexible workload?
Are you in favor of a seniority system based solely on date of hire? Would you vote in favor of a contract that did not proved a seniority system based solely on date of hire?
Would you vote in favor of a contract that subjected adjuncts to mandatory, perpetual review as a prerequisite for greater job stability?