This coming week we will be back at the table to wrap-up our discussions about academic rank and title. We have been pushing for a simplified process by which part-time faculty and researchers could hold professorial titles if they have a terminal degree in their field and advance in their academic rank from Instructor to Senior Instructor, Research Assistant to Senior Research Assistant and so on, if they do not.
Titles may be a minor issue for some, but for others stagnating in rank (as well as pay) feels like a symptom of a more systemic lack of recognition and marginalization of adjunct faculty and researchers at our University. This discussion is complicated by the potentially confusing ways that promotion and tenure guidelines and rank for the full-time faculty intersect with our adjunct titles and ranks. That said, after much clarification we feel optimistic about wrapping up the issue very soon.
Beyond this week, we are looking forward to opening articles of our contract related to economics, working on a system of longevity increases for part-time faculty, options for retirement and healthcare, as well as increases to our benefits funds. After that we plan to discuss orientation, on-boarding practices, and other amenities that could offer more support for new and returning faculty.
At this crucial moment in negotiations, we need your input and support. Come out and give us your feedback and hear from your bargaining team. Save-the-Date February 2nd 4-6pm! More details to follow.