Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, today announced an eForum to investigate how an increased reliance on contingent faculty by colleges and universities nationwide has impacted the lives of faculty as well as students’ higher education.
After a hearing held in DC in which Maria Maisto testified, this congressman asked for contingent faculty to write in (800 words or less) about their experiences. You may send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form found on the webpage, link below by December 20, 2013
FROM THE WEBSITE (EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
“We are seeking comments from contingent faculty and instructors and their representatives on some or all of the following questions:
- For how long have you worked as a contingent faculty or instructor?
- How would you describe the working conditions of contingent faculty and instructors at your college or university, including matters like compensation, benefits, opportunities for growth and advancement, job stability, and administrative and professional support?
- How do those conditions help or hinder your ability to earn a living and have a stable and successful career in higher education? What impact, if any, do those working conditions have on students or higher education generally?
- How do those working conditions help or hinder your ability to do your job, or how do they otherwise affect students in achieving their educational goals?”
Margaret Hanzimanolis teaches at City College of San Francisco, De Anza College, and Canada College.