New Faculty Majority (NFM) and the NFM Foundation
Cordially Invite You to Attend
Strategies for Overcoming Inequality in Higher Education:
Supporting Adjunct Faculty and Their Students
Monday, October 26, 2015
Location: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 209-08
One of higher education’s most shameful secrets is that 75%, or nearly 1 million U.S. faculty members, are part-time or temporary employees who lack the working conditions that support authentic student learning. The poverty-level compensation that colleges and universities provide the majority of these faculty members betrays a fundamental lack of respect for the core educational mission of higher education.
During and beyond the week of October 26-30, known as Campus Equity Week, faculty and students alike will be protesting the financial, social, and educational costs of the use and abuse of adjunct faculty.
NFM and the NFM Foundation are affiliated national nonprofit associations that work exclusively to improve the quality of higher education by improving working conditions for faculty on contingent appointments.
Please join us for a briefing that will include an excerpt from a new documentary film on adjunct faculty working conditions by the nonprofit Brave New Films. A panel of adjunct faculty and students will explain how legislators and policymakers can reverse this destructive trend of contingent, precarious employment in higher education, including through targeted legislation and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Staffers from the following offices attended
Congressman Raul M. Grijalva AZ Congressman Bruce Westerman AR
Senator Barbara Boxer CA Congressman Peter J Roskam IL
Congressman Michael Honda CA Senator Mark Steven Kirk IL
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi CA Congressman Blake R. Farenthold TX Senator Chris Murphy CT Congressman Mark Takai HI
Senator Dick Durbin IL
Congressman John Yarmuth KY
Congressman Michael Capuano MA
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries NY
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand NY
Senator Sherrod Brown OH
Congresswoman Marcie Kaptur OH
Senator Jack Reed RI
Congressman Mark Pocan WI
In addition, representatives of NFM visited the offices of as many Members of Congress as they could in the time that they had before the briefing.