This is a guest post by David Kociemba, a contributor to the recent September-October issue of Academe. Kociemba is the president of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College AAUP chapter and the chair of the AAUP’s Committee on Contingency and the Profession.
Getting adjunct faculty organized for the first time feels like a daunting task—finding resources, dodging soul-sapping negativity and ignorance, managing complexity, and a paralyzing fear of the consequences of error; I imagine it’s what our first-year students feel when writing their first college research paper. But you don’t have to do it alone, because many others have walked this path before you. In “Overcoming the Challenges to Contingent Faculty Organizing”, I tried to help fed-up adjuncts get started by providing one process for contingent faculty organizing that worked for us at Emerson College.
That article’s a pretty good outline, but a lot of students get stuck…
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