“Parts of a Whole: Contingency, Democracy, and Higher Education’s Mission,” an article by Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, is one several on the topic of general education and democratic engagement in the summer issue of Diversity & Democracy.
View the issue’s Table of Contents. Read Maisto’s article online.
The truth of the harm contingent employment causes to the entire academic enterprise is still very difficult for academic citizens to confront, even though it speaks to a core principle of the civic engagement curriculum: that authentic learning cannot take place in an environment that does not foster inclusion, justice, and collaboratively oriented action. – Maria Maisto
Adjunct working conditions are student learning conditions. That’s something Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority has said is a central tenet in the drive to organize adjuncts and improve higher education.
She will join Adjunct Action Network (AAN) for a live, online conversation Friday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. EDT to discuss her work with NFM and adjunct issues in general during an online conversation hosted on Google Hangouts on Air.
RSVP today and submit your questions for Maisto to answer during the conversation on Friday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Feel free to also tweet @AdjunctAction beforehand or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjunct Action will send you a reminder beforehand.
July 18, 2014, update: Catch Adjunct Action Chat Online: If you missed last Friday’s Adjunct Action Network chat with Maria Maisto, NFM president, and April Freely, NFM board member, you can watch it online.
Adjuncts and civic engagement was the topic at the NERCHE Virtual Think Tank, “The New Faculty Majority and Civic Engagement,” on April 2.
Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority was the presenter. She discussed the question of how campuses can advance civic engagement without advancing the professional working conditions of faculty who do not have the rights and protections of tenure
Adjuncts were able to participate in the webinar at the discounted rate of $25.
NERCHE, the New England Regional Center for Higher Education, is a national leader on adjunct advocacy.
There was a confluence of adjunct advocacy in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 14, including a briefing for Democratic congressional staffers on “Higher Education Adjunct Faculty Working Conditions and the Legislative Agenda.” Here’s what took place:
- 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; and Dan Maxey, Dean’s Fellow, Rossier School of Higher Education, University of Southern California; Co- Investigator, The Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success.
- 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.