Join Adjunct Action for 8/5 call with Sen. Durbin


Sen. Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

Sen. Richard A. Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a bill in Congress on July 30 that would help part-time adjunct faculty access Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Join Adjunct Action Network for a call with Senator Durbin, adjunct leaders, and members of the Adjunct Action Network for news about the new bill expanding Public Service Loan Forgiveness to adjunct faculty and other updates about the exciting road ahead.

Those who teach at least one course in a given year would qualify, if they do not have a separate, full-time, private sector job. Maria Maisto, NFM President, said the Adjunct Faculty Loan Forgiveness Act will need grassroots support and is “perhaps the first piece of legislation focused on adjunct faculty.” 

Here’s how to join the call:

When: Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 5:20 p.m. EDT
How: Call (800) 230-1085. An operator will ask for your name and educational institution (if applicable).

RSVP now and let others interested in adjunct issues know about the call.

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One comment

  • Georgianna Kleiman says:

    Senator Durbin,
    We wholeheartedly support your new legislation for Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act. Why not give relief to our adjunct faculty who are trying to do what they love, and help the younger generation secure a quality education from well trained professionals who care?
    My son age 51, went back to school after many years and received both a Bachelor Degree in English and Creative Writing and a Masters Degree in the same. His degrees were obtained in the California State University system. He has been employed since graduation in two colleges; one a community college and one a private college. He is adjunct faculty at both institutions. He teaches three courses at the community college and 1-2 at the private college every term, even intersession and summer school, to make ends meet. As adjunct he has no benefits. He has to work two jobs because the adjunct salary is so low that he can barely meet living expenses and health Insurance. Loan repayment is a struggle and we have had to help him in order repay this debt with high interest rates, (much higher than the banks pay to borrow) to prevent default. He finished his Master’s degree with close to $100,000 in debt. This legislation could turn the tide for him instead of going into his senior years with no pension, and only social security to live on. This is a FAIRNESS issue. Let us know what we can do to help move this bill foreword. Many thanks for your hard work.

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