AFT’s national office reports that the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW)–of which AFT is a member–is kicking off a major survey to collect information about the working lives of contingent academics (non-tenure-track, full- and part-time instructors and researchers; graduate employees; and postdoctoral fellows). It is the first national survey of its kind to gather in-depth data on the salaries, benefits, course assignments, and general working conditions that contingent academic workers experience.
AFT’s Faculty and College Excellence campaign (FACE) has been tackling the higher-ed staffing crisis through organizing, legislative action, and public education. AFT urges all members and others who work in higher education on a contingent basis to enrich our knowledge base about what is going on. Please go to the CAW website, www.academicworkforce.org, to learn more, or complete the survey–and spread the word to your part-time/adjunct and contingent colleagues.
Earlier this year, CAW released “One Faculty Serving All Students,” an issue brief showing that nearly three-quarters of the instructional staff in higher education today are serving contingently. Despite being trained professionals responsible for a significant proportion of undergraduate education, many of these educators report earning very low wages and having no benefits and little access to any type of career ladder.