NFM Announces Steve Street Award for Extraordinary Faculty Activism

For Immediate Release Aug. 5, 2014

Contact: Maria Maisto, President, New Faculty Majority; Executive Director, New Faculty Majority Foundation,, 216-262-4375

New Faculty Majority Announces Steve Street Award for Extraordinary Faculty Activism

Recognizing activism through creative expression on behalf of contingent faculty

NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2014 – New Faculty Majority announced the Steve Street Award for Extraordinary Faculty Activism, which recognizes activism through creative expression on behalf of contingent faculty.

Maria Maisto, NFM president, shared the news at the International Conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) in New York City, where activists from the U.S., Mexico and Canada gathered. The award will consist of a $500 prize, along with publication and recognition in a venue to be determined.

“By establishing this award, we hope to encourage other activists to follow Steve’s example by using their talents to advance the causes of economic and social justice through fearless intellectual and artistic critique,” Maisto said.

Street, an accomplished writer and adjunct professor, was one of NFM’s earliest mentors, leaders and benefactors. Its Unemployment Compensation Initiative for adjunct faculty is named after him. He co-authored key NFM publications, including “Who Is Professor Staff and How Can This Person Teach So Many Courses?” He also wrote influential pieces published in the higher education press.

Winner of this year’s inaugural award will be announced on Street’s birthday, Nov. 17.  After this year, the award will be presented at the biennial COCAL Conference and in alternate years during Campus Equity Week.

Anyone who has written, performed or otherwise expressed his or her advocacy in a public venue, including social media, is eligible. Nominations for the 2014 award must be received by Sept. 30.In subsequent years, nominations must be received by July 1. Award criteria are available on the Steve Street Award page on the NFM website and as a PDF.

New Faculty Majority is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of higher education by advancing professional equity and securing academic freedom for all adjunct and contingent faculty. NFM engages in education and advocacy to provide economic justice and academic equity for all college faculty.

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