Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Another Campus Equity Week 2o11 activity, the legislative forum, can be a simple as inviting a legislator to campus during the week to discuss higher ed, student and contingent faculty issues, as elaborate as organizing a full blown forum: panel, moderator, press releases, presentation, open to public, press, livestreamed, making full use or social media, etc., or something in in between the two. Jack Longmate's 2008 article will get you started.
"Since states fund public higher education, state legislators are essential to reform efforts. An excellent way to familiarize legislators with faculty needs is through a legislative forum, where legislators are invited to discuss higher education issues.
Most legislators enjoy the chance to meet with their constituents, say a few words, and learn more about the academic institutions within their districts. Their presence can draw some media notice, along with the attention of the campus community and the general public. Their presence can also be the beginning of a relationship that could pay off when decisions are made about priorities and spending. At Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, legislative forums, inspired by Campus Equity Week, have become annual events, with a stronger following each year."
Read the rest of Jack Longmate's 2008 article, Organizing a Legislative Forum, in AAUP's bi-monthly magazine, Academe. See also 2007 CEW forum presentation. Updated email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 14, 2011
Get ready for #CEW2011 (or #FEW2011) with a brief refresher on how it all started...
"The issues of contingent academic employment in higher education are, we believe, universal. They threaten the foundation of human intellectual development and socio-political progress worldwide.
CEW/FEW has its roots in a coalition established for a common week of action throughout California's 107 community college campuses (CCCs) in Spring 2000 (Called Action 2000 or “A2K”). The motivation then was a common interest in specific state legislation and the California state budget. There developed active participation on 85 campuses which gained strong support in the legislature and from California’s Governor. However, many long term benefits of the week of action were not really goals (though some of us hoped for and predicted these outcomes).
....the California campaign came to the attention of a nascent coalition of faculty on the East Coast of the US (the Conference on Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL - later becoming the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor), leading to the establishment of ties among several centers of faculty organizing that were confronting the increasing abuse of contingent assignments in higher education. Fueled by internet listservs and email communications, various faculty leaders throughout North America agreed that the A2K model of loosely coordinated but locally motivated and controlled action was worth attempting throughout US and Canadian higher education."
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Campus Equity Week by Gwendolyn Bradley, AAUP
Every two years, faculty and allies across the United States and Canada take part in Campus Equity Week, a week of events calling attention to the prevalence and working conditions of faculty in contingent appointments. This year’s Campus Equity Week will be held from October 24 to 30. (In Canada and some US states, it …