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UPCOMING EVENTS:

2017-2018 Kick-Off Event: “Academic Freedom in the Era of Trump”
Presented by AAUP Senior Program Officer Hans-Joerg Tiede
Monday, September 11,  5pm,  Kotzen Room
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PAST EVENTS:

Massachusetts AAUP Conference Meeting: Sat., Nov. 12, 8:30A-early afternoon (complimentary noon lunch included), held at Merrimack College. The theme of the meeting is The State of Shared Governance: Stories from Maine to Massachusetts. Our own Diane Grossman will be speaking as part of a panel about college governance.  The program can be found on Merrimack’s chapter websitePlease RSVP by October 29 to Massachusetts Conference President George Wharton.

November Chapter Meeting:  Thurs., Nov. 17, Time 3-4:30P · RoomW-201

October Chapter Meeting:  Wed., Oct. 19, Time 5-7P · Room L-007.

October Chapter Social: Wed., October 5, 5-7 PM, Faculty & Staff Dining Room (You don’t have to be a member to come to these events. All are welcome!)

2016 AAUP Conference, Washington, DC, June 15-19, more info here.

May Chapter Social: Wed., May 18, 4:30-6:30P · Room TBA. (You don’t have to be a member to come to these events. All are welcome!)

May Chapter Meeting:  Wed., May 18, 3-4:30P · Room MCB C-311.

Leadership Panel/Speak Out on the State of Higher Ed., Co-sponsored by Simmons AAUP/SEIU Local 509, Wed., April 6 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, MassART Kennedy Building, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston. RSVP at bit.ly/4-6-speakout

Chapter Social: Wed., April 6, 5-7P · Trustman Art Gallery, MCB 4th Floor

March Chapter Meeting  Wed., March 23, 5-6:30P · Room MCB*E305

February Chapter Meeting   Wed., 2/10, 3:30-5 PM · Room M201

The annual fall meeting of the Massachusetts Conference took place at Curry College on November 21, 2015.

 

NEWS of INTEREST:

National Women’s Studies Association Releases Contingent Faculty Solidarity Statement

“NWSA Contingent Faculty Solidarity Statement
February 9, 2016

As the largest feminist academic organization in North America, the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) is dedicated to leading the transformative and critical field of Women’s Studies. Our members recognize that systems of oppression are interlaced and take seriously the material conditions of knowledge production, labor commodification, workforce stratification, and structural inequities in educational practices.

The NWSA urgently calls for wider recognition of growing inequality in academic labor practices, and, in particular, the rising number of contingent faculty.[1] Contingent faculty colleagues often face heavy teaching loads, commute between multiple positions, and lack basic support in the academy. Such disparities have adverse effects on higher education more broadly. Given their critical role in higher education, contingent faculty need fair wages and benefits, professional development opportunities, structural and contractual protections for academic freedom, and due process protections.

The NWSA also underscores that the devaluation of academic labor, wage inequities, and disparities in hiring practices has been longstanding in the academy and connects to wider material and political contexts. Race, sexuality, social class, age, disability, gender, and citizenship are all factors that impact contingent employment. Comprehensive data on contingent faculty in the U.S. is unfortunately limited as the Department of Education’s National Study of Postsecondary Faculty ceased in 2003, and nothing comparable has replaced it. Thus the NWSA calls on the Department of Education to reinstate this critical survey in order to make the issues surrounding contingency more transparent.

As feminist scholars, educators, and activists, our members actively pursue a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential. Given our deep commitments to an inclusive feminist vision and to contesting and dismantling multiple systems of domination, the NWSA is in solidarity with contingent faculty colleagues and issues this call for wider recognition of labor stratification and structural inequities in higher education employment practices. We are steadfast in our commitment to eradicating injustice and to fostering educational opportunities for all.

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The AAUP reports that more than 50% of today’s total professoriate (across institutional types) is contingent and non-tenure-track positions account for 75% of instructional appointments in U.S. Higher Education. The MLA Academic Workforce Data Center reports that the number of part-time faculty went from 379,700 in 1995 to 757,700 in 2011; in comparison, there were 393,500 tenured and tenure-track faculty in 1995 and 430,600 of the same in 2011. In addition, a June 2012 survey by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce [CAW] found that more than 60 percent of respondents who provided information about their gender were women, compared with 51.6 percent of faculty nationally. While nearly 90 percent of contingent faculty who responded to the CAW survey were white, the survey found that respondents who identified as black earned 25 percent less per course than those who identified as white.”

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(Text can be found online at: http://www.nwsa.org/statements)

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