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National academic labor leader to speak on campus

October 5, 2012

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, will be the keynote speaker for events to be held on campus on Oct. 10 and 11 to observe Campus Equity Week. These events focus on the role of adjunct faculty at the CSU.

As universities have come to rely on faculty who work off the tenure-track to teach undergraduate courses, disparities in working conditions and compensation have moved adjunct or contingent faculty to advocate for reforms. These events encourage those efforts.

Campus Equity events

The Campus Equity events include a keynote address by Maisto at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the main auditorium of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (TILT) building on the CSU oval, room 221.

Maisto and members of the College of Liberal Arts Adjunct Faculty Committee (CLA-AFC) will host a public forum in the new Main Floor Event Hall at Morgan Library from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 10. Maisto will also lead a workshop for adjunct faculty on Oct. 11 from 9-11 a.m. in TILT 105.

New Faculty Majority

New Faculty Majority is a national non-profit organization founded in 2009 to improve higher education by engaging in education and advocacy to provide economic justice and academic equity for all college faculty. Its efforts concentrate on adjunct or contingent faculty, who hold positions off the tenure-track that colleges and universities have increasingly turned to for undergraduate instruction.

Maisto, an adjunct English instructor in Ohio, helped found and currently directs both NFM and its affiliated Foundation. Her keynote will discuss “NFM's approach to advocacy and activism on behalf of adjuncts, explaining how it builds on and differs from what has gone before, what NFM has learned in its short existence, and where NFM is going in its work.”

Event sponsors and support

The CLA-AFC is sponsoring the events with support from the College of Liberal Arts; the departments of Economics, Art, Music Theatre & Dance, Communication Studies, History, English, Philosophy, Journalism and Technical Communication, Political Science, Sociology, and Foreign Languages and Literature; the College of Natural Sciences; and the Institute for Teaching and Learning (TILT).

Contact: Laura Thomas