Part-time faculty are strong advocates for workplace equity

Part-time faculty play a very active role in the union and the CFT has a standing committee dedicated to the issues of part-time faculty. The purpose and goal of the CFT Part-time Committee is to advance, through political action and collective bargaining, the interests of contingent faculty in both public and private higher education.

Resource Documents

Campus Equity Week toolkit Use this toolkit compiled by the CFT Part-Time Committee as a starting point to plan Campus Equity Week activities in your local union.

CFT Issue Paper: Part-Time Faculty explains for a general audience the issues part-time faculty face in the community colleges. (pdf, 2pp)

“Challenge to end Casualization of Academic Labor” a draft report from the CFT Part-time Faculty Committee which accompanied Resolution 18, passed at CFT Convention in 2010.

Retirement Primer for Part-Timers
It is highly unlikely that a part-timer’s retirement benefits from teaching will provide enough income for retirement. Nonetheless, participating in some sort of retirement plan is usually better than participating in none at all. To make informed decisions, part-timers should understand their retirement options, understand how their chosen retirement plans work, be able to estimate their benefits from their plans, and understand what, if anything, they can do to increase their retirement benefits. This primer, written by San Francisco part-time instructor Cliff Liehe, attempts to address those issues. Special attention is given to the CalSTRS Defined Benefit Program because a large number of part-timers are members of that retirement plan and because its benefit calculations are complex for part-timers. (pdf, 19pp) 

Useful Links

Adjunct Nation
News, opinion, analysis and more for the Adjunct Faculty Nation

California Part-Time Faculty Association (CPFA)
Professional association advocating for part-time faculty statewide

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL)
Integrated network of North-American activisits for part-time and non-tenure track faculty

New Faculty Majority
The national coalition for adjunct and contingent equity

AFT Faculty and College Excellence (FACE)
A national campaign to reverse the crisis in instructional staffing at our nation's colleges and universities by achieving full equity in compensation for contingent faculty members and ensuring that qualified contingent faculty have the opportunity to move into full-time positions as they become available

Coalition on the Academic Workplace (CAW)
A group of higher education associations, disciplinary associations, and faculty organizations committed to addressing issues associated with deteriorating faculty working conditions and their affect on students in the United States

Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE)
A new grassroots national campaign to support quality higher education launched in January 2011 by leaders of faculty organizations from 21 states

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor - California (COCAL-CA)
A coalition of activists from faculty organizations and unions representing contingent, non-tenured faculty members in all segments of higher education in California with the goals of coordinating activities to educate the public about the inequities of contingent faculty, promoting legislation, and improving bargaining rights, working conditions and education standards

Faculty Association for California Community Colleges (FACCC)
Information about retirement, unemployment insurance and filing, and, for members, health insurance options

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Part-Timer

This newsletter published twice during the academic year addresses issues of import to part-time faculty in the community college and UC systems. Read stories online and view back issues.

Know the issues!

Download the Part-Time Faculty Issue Paper to get an overview of issues facing adjunct faculty.