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.


Unemployment benefits A step-by-step guide to applying for unemployment benefits during summer and holiday breaks

Part-time faculty salary comparisons Each year the CFT Research Department provides a comparison of faculty salaries in the 72 districts of the California community college system. For part-time faculty, our intent is to offer a like-for-like comparison of all districts based on an hourly rate. We then compare these results to full-time salaries by calculating an adjusted hourly rate based on full-time salary. Find this report under Faculty Salary Comparisons.

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)

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 former 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

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

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

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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.