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ERIC Number: ED497922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Recognition & Respect. Standards of Good Practice in the Employment of Graduate Employees. Item Number 36-0716
American Federation of Teachers
A growing component of the instructional workforce in higher education, graduate teaching and research assistants are frequently viewed by university administrators and trustees as students rather than employees, according to this American Federation of Teachers (AFT) report. As the number of new full-time faculty hired decreases, an increased number of courses are taught by graduate employees, in addition to roles as graders, discussion leaders, lab specialists, advisors, community outreach specialists and administrative assistants. Citing that graduate employees typically do not earn enough to cover even basic living expenses, AFT proposes standards of good practice in the employment of graduate employees in four areas: (1) Compensation; (2) Fair Employment Practices; (3) Professional Responsibility and Support; and (4) Ensuring Full Rights for Graduate Employees in their Union. At the same time, AFT advocates reversal of the trend toward contingent labor in higher education to restore a corps of full-time, tenure-track positions. (Contains 11 endnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.