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Vol. XXII, No. II

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By Bobbi-Lee Smart, Ed.D.

Adjunct/Part-Time/Contingent: Changing Our Name Doesn’t Change Our Working Conditions

My dissertation research on the “Involuntary Adjunct” focused on the perceptions of the impact of adjuncts on community college campuses in Southern California. I specifically wanted to understand the reality of involuntary adjuncts - those who want (or wanted) full-time tenure track jobs, have been unable to get those positions, and work as “full-time” adjuncts (those whose adjunct work is the majority or entirety of their income) (Eagan, Jaeger, and Grantham, 2015). “Adjunct” is not a dirty word, but it’s treated like one, and this stigma masks the truth...

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By Keith Hoeller

Why Adjuncts Deserve Unemployment Compensation & How They Can Get It

Why are teachers the only professionals routinely denied unemployment when they are not working?

Though our nation’s unemployment system was established in 1935 by the Social Security Act, not until 1970 did Congress extend it to K-12 schools and colleges and universities, with a special means test solely for full-time professional educators: If the teacher had a contract that made clear she would still be employed after a regularly scheduled term break when she was not teaching, such as summer vacations, she was ineligible to collect unemployment compensation.

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By David Milroy, Carol Whaley, and Alexis Moore

We sent out a survey to part-time faculty all over the state and the responses are even more alarming than one might have imagined. In order to get a good perspective on exactly who these part-time faculty are, we asked a variety of questions about their normal teaching loads and then went on to see how they and their colleagues had been affected by the pandemic.

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Chair's Report by John Martin

The year 2020 has been a roller coaster ride, not least of all for those of us who teach at one or more community colleges in California. Like most educators, we’ve had to modify or completely overhaul our way of teaching in order to accommodate a full or partially remote classroom experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Complying with stay-at-home orders and public school closures has forced many of us to redesign our curriculum and reevaluate our pedagogy, precipitating a deeper existential crisis within our academic ranks... In these tumultuous times, educators everywhere are struggling together just to keep up and adapt as quickly as possible in the face of unnerving uncertainty. Read more!

Federal Court Grants SDCCD Immunity to Abuse Part-time Faculty with Impunity

At a time when the United States’ Commander in Chief tacitly endorses racist groups, when he delights in name-calling against political opponents, blatantly lies in a public debate and television interviews, when political acrimony is such that those in highest office show no regard for public safety and hide the facts behind a wall of power, when common decency, honor, and respect seem to have become obsolete rather than values that guide our moral compass and define the American people, it should come as no shock to hear that, once again, wrong beats right in a battle for justice that some would describe as David vs. Goliath. Read more!

Resolution Against Fulltime Faculty Teaching Overloads

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Update on AB 897: raising the 67% Cap

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