Adjunct/Contingent Faculty



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For additional information, please contact NYSC AAUP Executive Director Sally Dear-Healey at or Ángel L. Martínez, Chair, NYSC AAUP Committee on Faculty Holding Contingent Appointment.

Video - "Dirty Little Secrets of Colorado Community Colleges; Impoverished Educators = Impoverished Education"

Here is the link to the video “Dirty Little Secrets of Colorado Community Colleges: Impoverished Eduators = Impoverished Education” that Caprice Lawless shared during her presentation at the NYSC AAUP Fall 2020 Conference. While it discusses the situation in Colorado, the information is comparable to NYS:

It is just under seven (7) minutes and could be useful in starting discussions about adjunct/contingent labor at your AAUP Chapter meetings.

Thea Hunter (say her name) - The story of a Black woman who was also an adjunct faculty member (The Atlantic, 2019)

“To be a perennial adjunct professor is to hear the constant tone of higher education’s death knell.” A story in The Atlantic, “The Death of an Adjunct,” tells the story of Thea Hunter (say her name). Ms. Hunter, a historian, earned her degree at Columbia University. She was also a Black woman in academia and “flying against a current.” The article shares that “She would arrive on campus at 7:30, for office hours…a black women in largely empty building…people would come by and inquire whether she was the janitor.” While it was made clear her students loved her, “their parents would call the school questioning whether she had a doctorate.” While the entire article is worth reading, please take special note of the following excerpt, “Thea was exploited by a system that consumes thoughtful, committed academics like our beloved friend, even as it is reluctant to admit it—color compounding the oppression one-hundredfold. Academia is not an easy road for anyone to take, but especially not for women of color, and especially not for those who have been consigned to the adjunct underclass.”

Thea and others like her must be remembered. They way we treat adjunct/contingent faculty as well as BIPOC must also change so we no longer need to long for things we wished we could do over.

Link to article:

Video - "Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Faculty"

Here is a link to the movie “Con Job: Stories of Adjunct & Contingent Labor”:

The movie is 49:25 minutes long and could be shown during an AAUP Chapter meeting to stimulate discussion.

"COVID-19 and Contingents" PowerPoint from APR 2020 Webinar

“COVID-19 and Contingents” PowerPoint from APR 2020 Webinar:

Slides from "'A Day Without Adjuncts' - (Still) Higher Educations Invisible Class"

On February 25th, 2021 the NYS Conference of the AAUP hosted “‘A Day Without Adjuncts’ – (Still) Higher Educations Invisible Class.” Presenters included Ángel Martínez, Chair of the NYSC AAUP Committee on Faculty Holding Contingent Employment; Thomas Carroll, Chair of the NYSC AAUP Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession; and Sally Dear-Healey, Executive Director of the NYSC AAUP. Here are links to their slides:

Ángel and Tom’s: Angel and Tom’s Slides for Day Without Adjuncts

Sally’s: A Day Without Adjuncts – FEB 25, 2021 – SDH

David Kociemba, East Coast Organizer at AAUP National also presented on how best to organize and represent adjunct/contingent faculty on your campus. Here is a link to David’s slides: ADJUNCT How (and Why) to Start an AAUP Chapter). 

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