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February 11, 2014: IRS issues new iteration of rules for calculating adjunct faculty work hours

Read NFM's comments to the IRS regarding the calculation of adjunct faculty work hours at

Feb. 3-7: NFM and contingent faculty activism have a busy media week:

Chronicle Chat: What Does Attention From Congress Mean for Adjuncts? Feb. 5, 2014. Due to technical difficulties with the Feb. 5 chat, Maria Maisto provided written answers afterwards to the questions viewers submitted.  The Chronicle published an edited version here.  The complete, unedited answers Maisto submitted are posted here.

Diverse Issues in Higher EducationReport: Part-time Professors Represented Among the Working PoorFeb. 7, 2014. 

AlJazeera’s StreamAdjuncts fight for a living wage. Feb. 6, 2014. 

Alternet. The highly educated working poor, toiling at a campus near youFeb. 6, 2014.

PBS NewsHourAdjuncts in higher ed: Is academia suffering from ‘adjunctivitis’? Low-paid adjunct professors struggle to make ends meet. Feb. 6, 2014. 

PBS NewsHour. How one professor’s American dream — teaching — turned into the American nightmare. Feb. 5, 2014. 

Nickysaeun.comTwitter activism and the power of social media: Never underestimate your adjunct! Feb. 3, 2014. 

NPR – All Things Considered. Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? Feb. 3, 2014. 

Chronicle of Higher Education. Adjuncts Gain Traction With Congressional AttentionFeb. 3, 2014. 


Adjunct advocacy in Washington, D.C. January 24: Report, briefing, reporting

There is a confluence of adjunct advocacy in Washington, D.C. today. Here's what's happening:

  • The House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democratic Staff released its report on contingent faculty in higher education, "The Just-In-Time Professor," the result of Rep. George Miller's (D-Calif.) e-Forum that collected stories from 845 adjunct faculty in 41 states.
  • Inside Higher Ed published a story on Miller's report, "Congress Takes Note," written by Colleeen Flaherty.
  • New Faculty Majority Foundation held a briefing for congressional staffers on "Higher Education Adjunct Faculty Working Conditions and the Legislative Agenda," from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants included Maria Maisto, President & Executive Director, New Faculty Majority Foundation; Esther Merves, Director of Research, New Faculty Majority Foundation; Adrianna Kezar and Dan Maxey, Professor and Dean's Fellow, respectively, Rossier School of Higher Education, University of Southern California; Co-Investigators, The Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success; John Curtis (AAUP) and Rosemary Feal (MLA), representing the Coalition on the Academic Workforce.

Nov. 14, 2013: NFM's Maisto testifies at congressional hearing

Maria Maisto, president of NFM and Executive Director of the NFM Foundation testified at the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on “The Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Schools, Colleges, and Universities.”

Maisto was one of four witnesses invited to testify at the Nov. 14 hearing, and the only one whose statement focused exclusively on the efforts of colleges and universities to avoid providing health benefits under the Affordable Care Act by cutting the workloads of adjunct faculty.

“Since the ACA has become law, some college and university administrations have been in the news for reducing part-time faculty work assignments or by redefining their work in order to avoid providing insurance.  Some people would have us believe that the ACA is giving the managers of colleges and universities no choice but to enact these policies.  I am here to correct that misperception,” Maisto said.

“It is not the ACA but rather these colleges’ interpretation of and response to the law that is hurting adjuncts and their students. Colleges have lots of choices, and unfortunately for their students, too many have chosen not to support or invest in faculty. The faculty members who do not have access to healthcare — or to the other professional supports that all faculty need in order to do their jobs consistently well — are being set up for failure, as are their millions of students,” she said.

After Maisto’s testimony, committee members from both parties asked probing questions about adjunct faculty working conditions and agreed that adjuncts should have healthcare benefits.

George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member on the committee, said the hearing was the first to cover adjunct issues in any substantial way. He and committee chair John Kline (R-Minn.) agreed a committee hearing should be scheduled to focus on the adjunct situation. Miller also proposed setting up a website to collect adjunct data.

Maisto was invited to testify before the committee after committee staff members read her op-ed, “There’s Something Sneaky Going On At Colleges Across America,” published April 23, 2013, on

On Wednesday, Maisto also testified at the Department of Education’s open forum on the Obama administration’s plan to address college value and affordability at George Mason University. Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley moderated the forum.

Read the Statement at Department of Education Forum

Read coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Lawmakers Told of Health-Care Law’s Harmful Effect on Adjuncts and CollegesNov. 15, 2013

Take Part. Higher Education’s Darkest Secret. Op ed by Maria Maisto, NFM President. Jan. 22, 2013.

Inside Higher Education. The Alt-Ac Track. By Brenda Bethman and C. Shaun Longstreet. Jan. 14, 2013.

CBS News. Do Colleges Exploit Their Professors?By Lynn O'Shaughnessy.Nov 27, 2012.
Mentioned in the article: NFM


Adjuncts, Wages, Benefits, and Organizing

SEIU. Adjunct Action Symposium Unites Contingent Faculty from Across Boston. By Mariah Quinn. April 18, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. New Complaint to Accreditor Assails College's Treatment of Adjuncts. By Peter Schmid. April 17, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director.

The News Record. Lawmakers Review Adjunct Faculty Legislation. By Lance Lambert. April 17, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director.

WKSU. Ohio's adjunct professors prepare to lobby for benefits: New association says part-time university faculty deserve more rights. By Amy Cooknick. April 16, 2013. Quoted in the article: Matt Williams, NFM VP.

Akron Beacon Journal. Akron adjuncts launch part-time faculty group. By Carol Biliczky. April 11, 2013.
Mentioned in the article: April Freely and David Wilder, co-chairs of the Organizing Committee of OPTFA.

New York Times. Gap Widens for Faculty at Colleges, Report Finds. By Tamar Lewin. April 8, 2013. Mentioned in the article: NFMF Research Report “Who is Professor ‘Staff’ and How Can This Person Teach So Many Classes?’.

The Village Voice. Contingency Plan: Outsourcing Education. By Neil deMause Wednesday. April 3, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director.

The New School Free Press. Teaching Part-Time. By Michael Kaplan. April 1, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director.

Inside Higher Ed.The Union-Agnostic Adjunct Agenda.”

Temporary Workers

NPR.orgA 'Permatemp' Economy: The Idea Of The Expendable Employee.” Jan. 28, 3013.

NYT Blog. The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy. By Erin Hatton. Jan. 26, 2013.

Online Education

Inside Higher Ed. Digital Pink Slips.By Paul Fain. Jan. 29, 2013.
Quoted in the article: Matt Williams, NFM VP

Parental Leave

Inside Higher Ed. Paternal Parental Leave. By Collen Flaherty. Jan. 24, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director


The Chronicle of Higher Education. Contingent Faculty Should Play Broader Role in Governance, AAUP Says. By Nick DeSantis. Jan. 22, 2013. Report on Contingent Faculty Participation in Governance Issued. By Gwendolyn Bradley. Jan. 17, 2013.

Adjuncts and the Affordable Care Act 

Akron Beacon Journal. UA limiting part-time hours to avoid health-care costs, may boost workload of others. April 6, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director.

American Thinker. Educators Hit by ObamaCare. By Eileen F. Toplansky. Jan. 20, 2013. Mentioned in the article: NFM

Wall Street Journal. Health Law Pinches Colleges. Jan. 18, 2013. Quoted in the online article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director. You must register with WSJ to read the article.

MSNBC. Colleges roll back faculty hours in response to Obamacare. By Ned Resnikoff. Jan. 14, 2013.

The Daily Beast. Are Adjuncts Full Time Employees? By Megan McArdle. Jan 14, 2013.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Adjuncts' Advocates Call for Fair Treatment on Work-Hour Calculations by Sydni Dunn, April 23, 2013


The Chronicle of Higher Education. Colleges Are Slashing Adjuncts' Hours to Skirt New Rules on Health Insurance Eligibility by Sydni Dunn. April 22, 2013.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. IRS Says Colleges Must Be 'Reasonable' When Calculating Adjuncts' Work Hours. By Audrey Williams June. Jan. 7, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF executive director.>

Inside Higher Ed. Making the Adjunct Case. By Colleen Flaherty. Jan. 9, 2013. Quoted in the article: Debra Leigh Scott, NFM Board Member; Marisa Allison, NFM’s Acting Research Director; Ethan Miller, NFM member; Adrianna Kezar, NFM member; Gary Rhoades, NFMF board member; Matt Williams, NFM Vice-President; and Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF executive director.

NFM at the Modern Language Association Convention 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education. What if the Adjuncts Shrugged? By William Pannapacker. Jan. 6, 2013.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. MLA Sessions Keep the Focus on Adjuncts. By Jennifer Howard. Jan. 5, 2013.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Adjunct Project Reveals Wide Range in Pay. By Audrey Williams June and Jonah Newman. Jan. 4, 2013.

Inside Higher Ed. MLA delegates vote on CUNY, adjuncts, gun control. By Libby A. Nelson. Jan. 7, 2012. Mentioned in the article: A motion co-sponsored by Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF executive director.

Other News

NFM President Maria Maisto and Member/SEIU VP Kip Lornell on Kojo Nnamdi Show (NPR DC: WAMU) Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

NFMF releases Back-to-School Survey: CHE Aug. 23, 2012  IHE Aug. 23, 2012

Remembering Steve Street 

NLRB Rules in Favor of Columbia College Chicago Adjuncts

Community & Technical Colleges: Anxious Students, Invisible Faculty

Voting Rights for Adjuncts 

Non Tenure Track Economics 

Crosses at Heart of Campus Clash

Which Workers Need Unions, and Which Ones Don't? 

FT: Colleges Not Adequately Supporting Their Teaching Force 

Oregon Faculty Organize Against Corporate Creep 

NLRB Rules in Favor of Duquesne Adjuncts