INVITE NON-TENURED PART TIME/ADJUNCT COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY TO YOUR CONFAB:
We are the missing major players - part time/adjunct faculty - over-worked, under represented, under paid, without benefits, no offices, no paid office hours, at will employees, no security of employment...and you wonder who is home minding the store while ADMINISTRATORS, FULL TIME TENURE TRACK FACULTY, STUDENTS AND SUPPORT STAFF ARE ATTENDING YOUR CONFERENCE? HMM.
Without the approximately 400,000 part time faculty nationwide - and over 47,000 alone in the California Community College System, no progress can be made. We have been excluded from ALL discussions, and are even rebuffed when we seek to have our statewide chancellor convene a Part Time Faculty Issues Advisory Committee.
You need to make room for part time faculty representatives at your community college conference. Everyone else will be at the table...you will be giving the schools lots and lots of money, BUT little of it will ever be used by administrators and full time faculty to get their part time faculty salaries up to parity with their full time colleagues.
If our voices and stories are not heard, we will continue to be the indentured servants upon whose backs the success and growth of the community colleges and the students we educate will ride.
How ironic that we will be called upon to train and re-train members of the general population for better and better-paying jobs when we, ourselves continue to work for slave wages.
WE ARE THE DIRTY LITTLE (400,000 STRONG) SECRET IN HIGHER EDUCATION, and unless we are made a viable and well-paid partner in this undertaking, you tread on shifting sand and run the risk of waking up one day with the whole system totally dysfunctional.
When so many work for so little and contribute so much...what is wrong with this picture? I do not feel very sanguine about anyone at your conference addressing the TRUE issues that need to be addressed...Good Luck...I voted for Obama and truly hope that this conference will be a success...although if the right-wingnuts prevail, we will surely be cast into the role of ingrates and oppressed edu-workers. Robert B. Yoshioka, Ph.D. Santa Maria, California. 805-264-1142 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 805-264-1142 end_of_the_skype_highlighting