To the editor:

Oct 272004

As part of Equity Week, Monday to Sunday, adjunct faculty from

the College of Liberal Arts are calling attention to the minimal

pay, benefits and job security of adjunct Instructors at our

university. In the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,

our chair, Sara Saz, is very supportive of adjunct faculty and has

worked hard to find funding for eight lectureships. However, 22

“part-time temporary instructors,” making up one-third of our

teaching faculty, have not received lectureships. They are paid

$3,000 per course, whether it be a five-credit or three-credit

course. They have not had a pay raise since 1998. They have

semester-to-semester teaching contracts, and while some have been

asked to teach as many as four or five courses per semester to

replace retiring or ill professors, adjunct faculty now face the

prospect of not having enough courses to teach to make a decent

living wage. Highly qualified and dedicated teachers with master’s

degrees, and some with doctorates, are earning $12,000 to $18,000 a


An instructor must teach at least two courses for three

consecutive semesters to be eligible for job benefits. However,

many who have taught half time for three semesters are being given

just one course to teach and will have to begin the three-semester

wait over again.

Our part-time temporary instructors are for the most part

neither “part time,” nor “temporary.” They are dedicated teaching

professionals who bring excellence and continuity to our language

programs. It is demoralizing to work so hard for the betterment of

our programs and to be so poorly rewarded, year after year after


On Wednesday and Thursday this week, adjunct faculty from the

College of Liberal Arts will be out on the Lory Student Center

Plaza wearing periwinkle ribbons, handing out information and

visiting with students and faculty. Please take a moment to speak

to them, to thank them for the work that they do and to learn about

how this problem affects students and faculty alike.

Lynne Barnes

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Oct 272004

Any solidarity that can be given from the students to the

adjunct faculty at CSU over equity issues should be forthcoming.

Since most of the undergraduate introductory courses in the College

of Liberal Arts are taught by these under-compensated and

overworked stalwarts of higher education, we all can appreciate the

importance of their request for fairness in compensation.

Why must they wait a full year to receive benefits? Why do they

need to worry about job security on an annual basis? Why do

University of Colorado-Boulder adjunct faculty start at $8,000 more

per year than their CSU counterparts, and why have these valued

teachers not gotten a raise since 1998? They deserve better and as

students we should be aware of it. If you are in a class taught by

an adjunct faculty member, talking about this problem with them may

be one step toward increasing morale that will keep that person

here next year.

Joe McInerney

Senior Philosophy

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