Contingency, Democracy & Higher Ed’s Mission: An Article in AAC&U Journal from NFM

AAC&U Diversity & DemocracyParts 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

NFM’s Maisto to join Adjunct Action for live online convo July 18

Adjunct Action logoAdjunct 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 bullardk@seiu500.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 focus of Diane Rehm Show

The Diane Rehm show highlighted adjuncts with a panel discussion titled “The Growing Use of #Adjunct Professors” that included Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority.
Visit this page and click on the Listen link to hear the entire show. You can add your comments at the bottom of the post, and you can also read the transcript.

Other guests were:

  • Peter Schmidt senior writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • William LeoGrande associate vice provost for academic affairs, American University.
  • April Mason, president of The Association of Chief Academic Officers; provost and senior vice president, Kansas State University.

Read the Storify to find out how people reacted to the program.

D.C. adjunct activity includes NFM congressional briefing, House report

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 BewdqJACEAANLcGDirector, 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.