Reclaiming Academic Democracy: Facing the Consequences of Contingent Employment in Higher Education
A National Summit 
January 28, 2012
Washington DC
Held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
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This summit meeting will be the first event ever to convene contingent faculty, tenure-stream faculty, students, parents, college and university administrators, faculty union leaders, accreditors, state and federal policymakers, philanthropists, business leaders, and other stakeholders in higher education to focus exclusively on the problems associated with hiring higher education faculty on a contingent basis.

The summit meeting will 1) educate the public about the effects of adjunct and contingent faculty working conditions on the quality of higher education and the teaching profession; 2) develop practical, ethical solutions and a broad-based commitment to reform; and 3) provide adjunct and contingent faculty and their allies with the opportunity to engage in self-advocacy and coalition building on a national scale.

1. Public education about the relevance of contingent academic employment reform to the fundamental mission of higher education
2. Launch of broad reform initiative to which institutions and individuals can sign on publicly
3. Dissemination of guidelines for reform based on research and existing models and initiatives
4. Mobilization of contingent faculty and allies for the purpose of building coalitions intent on institutionalizing context-specific reforms
5. Setting the stage for follow-up efforts including progress assessment and community building

This day-long event will consist of four morning and lunchtime plenaries covering the research on and realities of teaching and learning with contingent (non-tenurable) faculty contracts. The plenaries will be followed by breakout sessions at which more focused discussion can take place, and then a report-back session. Breakout sessions are reserved for pre-registered participants. On-site attendees will be invited to take part in breakout sessions where there is space available. All participants will be invited to make and encourage individual and institutional commitments to taking collaborative, concrete steps to improve student learning conditions by improving faculty working conditions.

Support for this Summit has been provided by The Marguerite Casey Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Discount Foundation, and The French American Charitable Trust.

Individuals and organizations who wish to donate funds to support attendance by contingent faculty and students should send donations to the NFM Foundation, c/o Community Training and Assistance Center, 30 Winter Street, 7th Floor • Boston, MA 02108. All donations are tax-deductible.

Speakers: Joe Berry, labor historian and author, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher EducationDeepak Bhargava, Executive Director, The Center for Community Change; Claire Goldstene, Professorial Lecturer (NTT), Department of History, American University; Stanley Katz, Director, Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and 2011 National Humanities Medal Recipient;  Adrianna Kezar, Associate Professor, University of Southern California ; Gary Rhoades, Director, Center for the Future of Higher Education;  Victor Sanchez, President, US Student Association; Carol Schneider, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities; Debra Leigh Scott, Adjunct Professor and Filmmaker; and Heather Wathington, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia 
Download current program/schedule here.   PLEASE NOTE:  Registration is required to attend this event.  Due to space limitations, a very limited number of on-site registrations will be allowed, and cannot include lunch. To inquire about registration, please e-mail Esther Merves at
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