• Tenured Faculty: Friend or Foe?

    by Jack Longmate At the Higher Ed Labor United (HELU) conference of July 20, 2023, a number of the non-tenure-track (NTT) speakers underscored the importance of collaboration with tenure-track (TT) faculty.  Not as avidly expressed […]

  • Life as a Contingent Faculty Member

    By Carolyn Kuimelis and Mary Ellen Flannery Republished with permission of the National Education Association (NEA). Originally published 05/23/2023 at NEA Today. The higher education system depends on the labor of adjuncts, yet these faculty remain […]

  • Chair’s Report 2023

    A new, two-year legislative cycle in Sacramento began this year, and with it, up to a quarter of California’s Senate and Assembly were newly sworn in. New legislators are usually relatively fresh to the process […]

  • CPFA Legislative Efforts

    By Daniel Thompson, CPFA Legislative Analyst This year the CPFA Legislative Task Force met with over a dozen offices of members of the California State Assembly and State Senate.  The Legislative Task Force advocated two […]

  • Pursuing a One-Tier Faculty Workplace

    The two-tier workplace, with an upper tier of tenured faculty and a lower tier of non-tenured faculty, has been the norm in U.S. higher education for half a century, long enough to have enabled several generations to become acculturated to it.  Just as it seems natural and normal for water to run downhill, no one is surprised when adjuncts are not paid the same as tenured instructors. 

  • How to negotiate with the State of California

    You are a part-timer.  As one of approximately forty-thousand teachers employed across California community colleges, your labor is being used to subsidize the salaries of not just full-time faculty but a hierarchy of administrators who use us as a cash cow.  If you’re okay with that—with the guy in the classroom right next to yours making double for teaching a different section of the same class—or if you find yourself relatively free of financial stress or job insecurity, then read no further.  If, on the other hand, you agree there is a problem, then read on!

  • Faculty Apartheid in Higher Education

    Nearly seventy years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separate can never be equal and struck down racial segregation in our nation’s K-12 public schools (Brown v. Board of Education). Yet in the past fifty years, higher education has instituted a separate but unequal system of faculty employment based on tenure-status. . . .

  • Chair’s Report, Fall 2022

    A Note from the Chair of CPFA Dear Readers, In the past, I have always provided my “Report” on CPFA’s efforts in the fight for part-time faculty rights in California. However, this time I feel […]

  • Should Contingents Support More Tenure-Track Jobs?

    By Jack Longmate When hearing about proposals to fund new tenure-track jobs, adjuncts might think to themselves: “If I could only get a tenure-track job, I could say ‘Good riddance’ to this dead-end adjunct gig […]

  • Sue Broxholm Interview

    AFT 1493 FACULTY FOCUS Sue Broxholm, Skyline Math Professor, advocates for the end of the “Two-Tier system” that divides full-time and part-time faculty Interview by Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary Sue Broxholm has been […]

  • Part-time Faculty Face Indignities

    By Rick Baum, Member of AFT 2121 and CPFA I wrote the letter that is below to the leadership of AFT1512 and to the California Federation of Teachers President Jeff Freitas as a response to […]

  • Assemblymember Medina Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Dedication to Social Justice

    When CPFA held its annual conference on May 7, 2022, Assemblymember Jose Medina of Riverside was recognized for his unwavering support for the thousands of part-time faculty employed by the California Community Colleges System across […]

  • Pandemic impact continues at Cal State with fall 2022 enrollment decline

    Decrease largely due to record losses in transfers from the community colleges By ASHLEY A. SMITH of EdSourceOriginal published on November 23, 2022 Undergraduate enrollment in California State Universities continues to suffer from a pandemic-induced drop as fewer transfer students […]

  • Don’t Forget Kashara Moore

    By Kristie Iwamoto CPFA Northern Regional Representative Long Beach City College part-time union President Dr. Kashara Moore was fired for allegedly “elbowing” a student after the student took issue with her name being mispronounced during […]

  • Adjuncts sue California community college system, eight local districts over unpaid work hours

    ‘It’s been a long time brewing,’ one of the plaintiffs said over the suit which alleges violations of state law. By Thomas Peele an Investigative Reporter at EdSourceReposted with Permission of EdSource Seven part-time community college […]

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