There is also another powerful reason for us to reconsider the way that we treat our part-time faculty: our experience, as students.
After electing to unionize in May, Ithaca College part-time faculty members have identified increased compensation as a major priority heading into negotiations after spending the summer forming a bargaining committee.
The Ithacan’s three-part package on unionization on college campuses:
Part One: Colleges weigh-in on value of unions
Part Two: Part-time faculty across the nation move toward unionization
Part Three: Colleges increase use of adjunct faculty as their role evolves
Adjuncts and part-time professors at colleges and universities across the country organized a national walkout event Feb. 25, but Ithaca College’s part-time faculty did not participate.
Ithaca College’s Faculty Council represents all faculty on campus in issues ranging from academic structure to benefits. Amid predictions of lower salary increments and the news of part-time faculty’s plans for unionizing, the council serves as a body of governance and counsel for its constituents.