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Accuracy • Independence • Integrity

November 24, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Opinion

Open Letter: Contingent faculty show support for unified fair contract

As contingent faculty, both part-time and full-time, we are a vital part of the Ithaca College community. In any given semester, we constitute more than 40% of the faculty on campus. We serve the college by teaching classes; writing letters of reference; advising and supervising students; contributing to events and programs; and representing the college in our larger communities.

In May, 2015, part-time contingent faculty voted overwhelmingly, by a 3-1 margin, to join SEIU Local 200United to make real improvements to their working conditions and their students’ learning conditions. As faculty and as a union, part-time contingent faculty are bargaining with our administration to win improvements to the issues they decided are most important through a democratic survey.

Part-Time Faculty Priorities:
– Fair compensation
– Job security (including longer-term contracts and getting contracts in a timely manner)
– Fair and transparent pathways to promotion and full-time employment
– Appropriate office space
– Fair and transparent evaluation process
– A voice and inclusion at the college
– Expansion of professional development
– Expansion of benefits

As part-time faculty, we stand together with our full-time contingent colleagues who are teaching with “Term” contracts who are joining the contingent faculty union, SEIU Local 200United. Job insecurity, lack of inclusion, and lack of voice are issues that we face as both part-time and full-time contingent faculty. We, both part-time and full-time contingent faculty, speak with one voice when we ask the administration to recognize the overwhelming majority of support among contingent full-time faculty teaching under “Term” contracts to join the contingent faculty union. We ask that the administration recognize contingent full-time faculty teaching under “Term” contracts at the bargaining table immediately.

The changes we seek will ultimately improve the learning conditions and retention rates of our students as well as create a stronger Ithaca College community. As dedicated teachers who care deeply about our students and Ithaca College, we are prepared to take action both at the bargaining table and in our campus community to make these changes a reality.

Sincerely,

Silvia Abbiati, Instructor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Doug Avery, Assistant Professor, Music Education
Justin Benavidez, Assistant Professor, Music Performance
Sergio Cabrera, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Hayley Cavino, Dissertation Diversity Fellow, Women’s and Gender Studies
Shoshe Cole, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Greg DeTurck, Assistant Professor, Music Performance
Andres Echarri Mendoza, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Joseph Fonte, Instructor, Business Accounting
Mat Fournier, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Rory Fraser, Assistant Professor, Media Arts, Sciences & Studies
Frances Gallart-Marques, Assistant Professor, Art History
Rachel Gunderson, Instructor, Health Promotion and Physical Education
Christine Hafer, Assistant Professor, Department of Education
Bill Hastings, Assistant Professor, Art
Blake Hendrickson, Assistant Professor, Media Arts, Sciences & Studies
Jon Hilton, Instructor, Media Arts, Sciences & Studies
Matt Holtmeier, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Media Arts, Sciences & Studies
Matthew Inkster, Visiting Professor, Music Education
Carl Johengen, Assistant Professor, Music Performance
Christopher Klinger, Instructor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Allison Kootsikas, Assistant Professor, Education
David Kornreich, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Deb Kreiss, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Roy Lightner, Instructor, Theater
Andrew Marshall, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Dawn Pierce, Assistant Professor, Music Performance
Jessica Portillo, Assistant Professor, Music Theory, History & Composition
Lynne Quigley, Instructor, Management
Dean Robinson, Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts
Veronica Santana-Frosen, Instructor, Legal Studies
Arturo Sinclair, Assistant Professor, Media Arts, Sciences & Studies
Rhonda Vanover, Assistant Professor, Media Arts, Sciences & Studies
Daniel Zimmerman, Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts
Vincent Aiosa, Lecturer, Music Education
Albert Alexander, Lecturer, Economics
Conrad Alexander, Lecturer, Performance Studies
Barbara Anger, Instructor Adjunct, Theatre Arts
Kathleen Ballantyne, Lecturer, Music Theory
Jill Barbuti Van Leuken, Lecturer, Occupational Therapy
Dan Barrow, Lecturer, Computer Science
Mark Baustian, Lecturer, Biology
Tom Bohn, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences & Studies
Mary Bouchard, Lecturer, Accounting
Heather Brecht, Lecturer, Communication Studies
Rebecca Brenner, Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Science
Blaise Bryski, Lecturer, Performance Studies
Colleen Budzinski, Lecturer, Communication Studies
Marybeth Bunge, Lecturer, Theatre Arts
John Burger, Lecturer, Health Promotion and Physical Education
Brody Burroughs, Lecturer, Art
Louise Cannon, Lecturer, Writing
Regi Carpenter, Lecturer, Communication Studies
Julie Carr, Lecturer, Music Education
Betsye Caughey, Lecturer, Writing
Alex Chertok, Lecturer, Writing
Kenny Christianson, Lecturer, Economics
Edward Ciaschi, Lecturer, Business
Tom Clavel, Lecturer, Computer Science
Richard Cowan, Lecturer, Mathematics
Paul DeLuca, Lecturer, Biology
Bari Doeffinger, Lecturer, Modern Languages and Literatures
Pamela Drix, Lecturer, Art
Sandy Dutkowsky, Lecturer, Writing
James Eavenson, Lecturer, Health Promotion and Physical Education
Mona Eikel-Pohen, Lecturer, Modern Languages and Literatures
Augusto Facchini, Lecturer, Writing
Luke Fenchel, Lecturer, Legal Studies
Sara Ferguson, Lecturer, Art
Tahlia Fischer, Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies
Benjamin Frahm, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences & Studies
Erin Francisco, Lecturer, Writing
Julie Fromer, Lecturer, English
Linda Gasser, Lecturer, Management
Jennifer Giroux, Lecturer, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Valerie Githinji, Lecturer, Anthropology
Matthew Glaysher, Lecturer, Art History
Megan Graham, Lecturer, Writing
Jeffrey Gray, Lecturer, Performance Studies
Mark Grimm, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences & Studies
Sarah Grunberg, Lecturer, Sociology
Mirit Hadar, Lecturer, Modern Languages and Literatures
Jennifer Herzog, Lecturer, Theatre Arts
Heidi Hoffman, Lecturer, Performance Studies
Cynthia Hogan, Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion
Mark Holton, Lecturer, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Mary Holzhauer, Lecturer, Music Performance
Heidi Hopkins, Lecturer, Biology
John Hopple, Lecturer, Biology
Eric MacHan Howd, Lecturer, Writing
Janet Huie, Lecturer, Biology
Patricia Hunsinger, Lecturer, Art
Emily Ickes, Lecturer, Music Theory, History and Composition
Gary Ingraham, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences and Studies
Jim Johnson, Lecturer, Legal Studies
Rachel Kaufman, Lecturer, Writing
Kim Kim, Lecturer, Writing
Michael Kobre, Lecturer, Biology
Theodore Korzukhin, Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion
David Larocca, Lecturer, Cinema, Photography and Media Arts
Judith Levitt, Instructor Adjunct, Theatre Arts
Elizabeth Livesay, Lecturer, Theatre Arts
Adam Lueke, Lecturer, Social Psychology
Harriet Malinowitz, Lecturer, Writing
Sally McCune, Lecturer, Music Theory History and Composition
Derek McKown, Lecturer, Writing
James Meyers, Lecturer, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Terry Michel, Lecturer, Education
Louise Mygatt, Lecturer, Music Theory History and Composition
Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Science
Kip Opperman, Lecturer, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Jim Overhiser, Scholar in Residence, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Barry Peters, Lecturer, Music Education
Alice Ploss, Lecturer, Music Education
Russell Posegate, Lecturer, Music Theory History and Composition
Vinita Prabhakar, Lecturer, Writing
Linda Price, Lecturer, Art
Rosalie Purvis, Lecturer, Writing
Dylan Race, Lecturer, Music Education
Jean Radice, Lecturer, Performance Studies
Joe Ricker, Lecturer, Writing
Robert Ross, Lecturer, Biology
Angela Rudert, Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion
Will Russell, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences & Studies
Nick Sagan, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences & Studies
Ute Saint Clair, Lecturer, Management
Tom Schneller, Lecturer, Music Theory History and Composition
Arno Selco, Professor Emeritus, Theatre Arts
Heather Sheridan-Thomas, Lecturer, Education
Liz Shuhan, Lecturer, Music Education
Dave Smith, Lecturer, Communication Studies
Marshall Smith, Lecturer, Modern Languages
Gary Stith, Lecturer, Music Education
Scott Stull, Lecturer, Anthropology
Margaret Sutherland, Lecturer, English
Dyani Taff, Lecturer, Writing
Leo Taylor, Lecturer, Biology
Vicki Taylor Brous, Lecturer, Communication Studies
Christine Thompson, Lecturer, Communication Studies
Cody Todd, Lecturer, Writing
Paula Twomey, Lecturer, Modern Languages and Literatures
Matthew Walker, Lecturer Media Arts Sciences & Studies
Nick Weiser, Lecturer, Performance Studies
Chelsea Wessels, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences & Studies Michele Westfall, Lecturer, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Corey Williams, Lecturer, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Robyn Wishna, Lecturer, Media Arts Sciences & Studies
Kacey Wochna, Lecturer, Education
Joseph Zanfordino, Lecturer, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Robert Ziomkowski, Lecturer, Modern Languages and Literatures