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This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.
For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.
The Office of the Associate Provost maintains a list of adjunct faculty members through updates each semester from department chairs. If you are aware of members of the adjunct faculty who are not receiving my (Dennis Slavin’s) announcements, please encourage them to let our office know: Vanessa.Cano@baruch.cuny.edu. They should indicate the department in which they teach.
From: Stanley Wine, Baruch College Adjunct Delegate to the University Faculty Senate and Adjunct Lecturer, S/CIS Department
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I am a member of the Baruch College Faculty Senate and of its Executive Committee. I am also Baruch’s adjunct delegate to the University Faculty Senate (UFS). UFS senators provide a representative, collective faculty voice supporting faculty, and their governance bodies, on the campuses of CUNY’s schools and colleges. The UFS is the faculty governance body for university-wide academic matters such as curriculum, degree requirement and institutional mission issues. As a member of the UFS, I have joined its Status of the Faculty Committee (you may recall the Faculty Experience Survey that the UFS published in 2009). The Committee is in the process of deciding on specific issues for attention during the 2013/2014 academic year. There will be three areas of focus, one of these being concerns of adjunct faculty. We hope that by focusing efforts on one particular issue, to the extent possible, we will be able to resolve the issue or take other action.
Consequently, I would like to ask all Baruch adjuncts to forward any suggestions for possible issues of concern. It is also important to understand that collective bargaining matters are the domain of the PSC and not the University Faculty Senate, though we have recently seen joint efforts by these two organizations in the form of the lawsuit against the Pathways initiative.
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and other organizations representing faculty advocate that colleges "integrate" adjuncts into the "normal academic life and governance" of an institution. An issue which has the backing of the AAUP is more likely to garner attention than one that does not. So, I would like to suggest that this year’s goal be to obtain a role for adjuncts at departmental meetings and to provide increased opportunities for adjuncts to serve on committees. Of course, some will understandably feel that we should not do this extra work without compensation, and since there is no mechanism to provide such compensation today, that it would be counterproductive for adjuncts to contribute their time. Assuming that we can make some progress on the “integration” issue, I would propose that we work with the PSC to have the union negotiate with CUNY to provide funding for this effort, similar to the existing Adjunct/Continuing Education Teachers (CET) Professional Development fund, which provides up to $3,000 per year for qualified academic-related professional development.
Even if such funding were not immediately available, the presence of adjuncts at departmental meetings and on college committees would increase the role and visibility of all adjuncts; participating more fully in the college’s academic life can only help us in the future.
This is but one suggestion. Please forward your suggestions to me so that the UFS Status of the Faculty Committee has a good understanding of adjunct concerns.
I look forward to hearing from you; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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