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Campus Equity Week spotlights 'invisible faculty' Oct. 25-31

October 19, 2009

An increasing number of adjunct professor classroom instructors at Colorado State University teach a variety of courses on all levels in all departments. They are employed and paid on a class-by-class basis or under short-term contracts. Campus Equity Week, Oct. 25-31, aims to bring awareness and recognition of adjunct faculty at the university.

Raise awareness

“We hope to raise awareness that many faculty members are invisible,” said Ginger Guardiola, adjunct instructor in the CSU history department and coordinator of Campus Equity Week events. “Adjuncts perform much of the same labor as regular faculty, often without recognition or compensation.”

Guardiola said faculty outside the tenure system, adjunct instructors are sometimes called the “invisible faculty” because of issues about pay, stability and benefits, even though they often are long-term faculty and considered by students to be crucial in their CSU education.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to call positive attention to adjunct faculty and our contributions to the university,” she said.

A number of activities are planned, including:

  • An exhibit in Morgan Library Oct. 19-30 of adjunct photos, biographies and artifacts. There will be a reception from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 28 in the First National Bank Gallery.
  • A table will be displayed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Oct. 29 on the Lory Student Center Plaza with adjuncts from various departments available to visit and hand out materials.
  • Excerpts from Barbara Wolf’s films, “Degrees of Shame” and “A Matter of Justice”, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 in Eddy Room 8, about the situation facing adjuncts, followed by a discussion led by Laura Thomas, instructor of English.
  • A roundtable discussion about faculty outside the tenure system at CSU from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Lory Student Center Room 203-205. It will include:
    • Provost Rick Miranda
    • Richard Eykholt
    • Sue Doe
    • Laura Thomas
    • Steve Mumme
    • Dave Gilkey
    • State Rep. Randy Fischer
Afterward, smaller groups will discuss the findings of the adjunct survey and what they mean for individual departments.
  • A social gathering from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Lory Student Center Longs Peak Room, with food, music and handouts.

For more information about any of these activities, Guardiola can be contacted at
ginger.guardiola@colostate.edu or (970) 491-6124.