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ERIC Number: EJ765980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Golden State Solidarity
Besosa, Mayra
Academe, v93 n3 p40-44 May-Jun 2007
Many observers of higher education have sharply criticized the application of corporate models of management to higher education. The best way to reverse the trend toward corporate-style management is to make issues concerning contingent faculty the center of the struggle. The California Faculty Association, an affiliate of the AAUP, has done just that. In 1981, the California Public Employment Relations Board determined that all California State University (CSU) faculty members share a "community of interests," and it placed non-tenure-track faculty (lecturers) in the same bargaining unit as tenure-track faculty. This was a fortuitous decision for CSU part-time lecturers, whose appointments are contingent upon budgetary considerations and enrollment, and for full-time lecturers, who do not hold contingent appointments but who are also off the tenure track, because it established that the faculty union has a legal obligation to represent them. As tenure-track faculty members become a smaller percentage of the professoriate, contingent faculty will increasingly have to carry the torch in the struggle to save higher education. It is imperative that contingent and tenure-track faculty maintain a united front to ensure that contingent faculty members are treated fairly. Together, they can challenge the notion that anyone should have to sacrifice human dignity and respect to the needs of cost-efficiency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California