Brandeis contingent faculty face job insecurity, stagnant compensation, and uneven access to benefits. Some of us juggle positions at multiple universities just to make ends meet. Many can’t count on the number of classes we will be assigned next year, and worry what will happen if our contracts aren’t renewed.
Now, Brandeis faculty are ready to make a change. Non-tenure track professors from departments across campus are coming together to build our union and join the national movement to create a better future for higher education.
Some are us are adjunct faculty and others work on a contractual basis. But we are all scholars and educators, devoted to the classroom and our academic fields. And now we are fighting for the stability, fair pay, and benefits needed to help our families – and our students – succeed.
Faculty Forward and Adjunct Action are campaigns that unite non-tenure track professors at campuses across the country to address the crisis in higher education – and the troubling trend toward a marginalized teaching faculty that endangers our profession.
At most colleges and universities, contingent faculty are a majority of all teaching population, yet they still face low levels of compensation, no benefits, lack of institutional support for research and scholarship, and exclusion from the governance of our institutions. At the same time, our institutions have shifted resources from instruction to administration, funded by quickly rising tuition, resulting in record levels of student debt. By coming together to form a union, faculty have the power to do something about this by building a market-wide movement to raise standards for faculty and students alike.
Faculty Forward and Adjunct Action are projects of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and home to over 23,000 unionized faculty. Together, we have won improvements in pay, job security, evaluation processes and access to retirement benefits. In Massachusetts, more than 3,200 part- and full-time faculty are represented by SEIU Local 509 at Boston University, Bentley, Tufts, Northeastern and Lesley – and we are growing with each passing day.