On Thursday and Friday, Campus Equity Week will explore academic work-based issues and provide students with information about the working conditions of non-tenure-track teachers.
Sue Doe, an assistant professor from the English department, said the national event gives colleges and universities around the country a chance to consider the increasing numbers of faculty whose services are performed off the tenure track or without job security â€“â€“ usually at a much lower wage than their tenured colleagues.
At this yearâ€™s event, Eileen Schell, chair of the Writing Program and chair of the Senate Agenda Committee at Syracuse University, will deliver a keynote speech. Schell is also an author of two books on contingent/adjunct faculty labor.
â€œWe have moved into a new era of awareness and proactive support of non-tenure-track faculty on the CSU campus,â€ Doe said. â€œHaving a nationally known expert on this issue can help our campus to move forward even more forcefully and become a major player in the national discussion of this issue.â€
Torsten Eckstein, an assistant professor from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said the event would look to highlight some of the problems associated with non-regular employment practices and what it means to academic institutions.
â€œStudents should be interested in this event because it will inform them about the impact non-regular faculties have on their education,â€ said Eckstein, who is the chair for the new Faculty Council Committee for Special and Temporary Faculty.
â€œOne third of the faculty at CSU is non-regular, and hiring faculty for 16 weeks will have a strong impact on academic freedom and the quality of teaching,â€ Eckstein said.
Eckstein said it is important that students know that 16-week employments were not the best way to fulfill the mission of higher education at CSU.
Diversity Beat Reporter Abel Oshevire can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What: A week to appreciate the faculty and staff at CSU who work without tenure.
- When: Thursday and Friday
- Events: The events for Campus Equity Week include:
- Open Hearing:Â on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Grey Rock Room, Lory Student Center. This event invites exchanges among individual contingent/adjunct faculty and a panel including representatives from the American Association of University Professors, the new Faculty Council Committee for Special and Temporary Faculty and College Committees for Contingent Faculty.
- Keynote Address by Eileen Schell: on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in TILT 221.
- Contingent/Adjunct Faculty Workshop: on Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Education Building, RmÂ 2.Â