Category: Part-Timers

Can You Imagine This Happening to You?

Important Update Regarding Part-Time Faculty Re-Employment Rights If this is your first semester here, CCFF welcomes you. For some of us, it might be our 10th semester — or tenth year, or 18th year. The following is a story of someone who is an eighteen YEAR (part time) employee. As most of you know, CCFF and the District concluded negotiations last semester with many new provisions now taking place for Spring 2017. In addition to salary improvements and increased office hour compensation for part-time faculty, part-time faculty can now qualify for a re-employment preference at the College, once they receive two consecutive evaluations OR are given an assignment for six

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City College of San Francisco Update

Cerritos College was the only southern California community college to send a representative to a rally calling for legislative relief from the arbitrary and capricious practices of the ACCJC. The accrediting agency has been cited for violating federal and state laws and is increasingly under fire (see previous postings on this web site).

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Committee on Political Education Meeting–July 20, 1:00 p.m.

Welcome All, There will be a COPE meeting Monday, July 20, from 1-2:00 p.m., in SS16.  The purpose of the meeting is to accomplish the following: Introduce faculty to the committee and its function Discuss our goal of broadening the membership of the committee to represent every teaching area of the college Sign up new members Discuss Dr. Sandra Salazar’s request for a campaign contribution from our union’s political fund (Dr. Salazar has previously been endorsed by our union. Dr. Salazar will be up for re-election in a little more than a year. The actual campaign cycle for the election begins soon) Discuss plans to support various candidates running in

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Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that “Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts“: [A new report says that] when community colleges fail to support the part-time faculty members who teach more than half of the classes offered at such institutions, they are fostering a culture that creates a barrier to student success…. The report suggests that community colleges have conversations about how to support adjunct faculty members, include them in discussions, create clear pathways to full-time employment, and recognize part-timers’ accomplishment with additional pay when possible…. “Colleges need to do a better job of working with part-time faculty because engaging all faculty

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The Great Stratification (of Academic Labor)

Writing in the Chronicle Review of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffery J. Williams contrasts the structure of the academic labor market with that of medicine: Given that there are more than 1.4 million college faculty members in the United States, it is clear that they are not disappearing. But the all-purpose professor has faded. We have tended to see the professor as a single figure, but he is now a multiple being, of many types, tasks, and positions. And instead of the traditional idea of a community of scholars, all roughly equivalent, we now have a distended pyramid, with a huge base of people whose primary job is teaching,

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CCFF Proposes Better Salary for Adjuncts, COLA, and Lecture/Lab Parity

Dear colleagues, I’m writing to you to give you an update on negotiations. Last Thursday, October 31, the CCFF offered two proposals to the District. ·        To increase compensation for o   Part-time instructors by adding a row and two columns to their salary schedule o   Part-time counselors and librarians by adding two rows and two columns ·        To increase all faculty compensation with a o   Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.57%, and o   A 1.35% raise Also last Thursday, the CCFF was able to introduce the subject of Lecture-Lab parity, thanks to splendid presentations by Kimberly Duff, Kevin Taylor, Debbie Jensen, and Ann Voorhies. The rationale for increasing part-time

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Do You Question the Outsourcing of Lecturers at the Community College Level? Are You on Your Way to MOOCville?

Where state legislators and college administrators see an opportunity, some professors see a threat—if not to their jobs, then to their freedom to teach a course as they believe it should be taught. —Outsourced Lectures Raise Concerns About Academic Freedom When I was in my first year of teaching, I was so excited that I was able to design curriculum to deliver to a room full of people who were engaged the greatest journey in the world: COLLEGE.  Going through the journey of being a community college student, a student parent, a student with a full time job, a student without a job, and then finally, I graduated with a

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