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NEWS
November 15, 2007
JOHN STREET has been invited to teach a Temple political science course at the "nominal salary" of $30,000. That's only some 10 times what an eminently qualified adjunct professor is paid. Perhaps Mr. Street might be induced to donate his token salary to provide hot lunches for underprivileged academics. Harold Gullan Philadelphia A case of a dime dropping Too many people are making a big deal about John Timoney catching Officer Cassidy's killer. They caught him because somebody recognized him and called it in. Timoney didn't use any special supercop techniques.
NEWS
August 5, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An adjunct mathematics professor died Wednesday after he reportedly dived off the second tier of a rotunda to the ground floor of a building at Chestnut Hill College in front of students and staff, a college source said Thursday. A statement on the college's website identified the professor as Rudolf Alexandrov and described his death as the result of a fall, but did not elaborate. Philadelphia police confirmed that there had been a suicide at the college, but declined to release any further information.
NEWS
September 17, 1996 | By Pam Louwagie, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board will hear a discrimination complaint filed by the adjunct instructors at Bucks County Community College. Adjunct faculty - instructors contracted to teach specific courses - filed an allegation last spring alleging that the college had discriminated against several adjunct faculty who had tried to join a union. The complaint says the individuals either were not hired to teach the spring semester or were assigned classes only days before the spring semester started.
NEWS
November 20, 2009 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Adjunct instructors, who say they make up nearly half of Temple University's faculty, called for better pay and working conditions yesterday at a demonstration in front of the campus bell tower near Paley Library. The part-time professors, who complain that they don't have their own offices or a clear path for promotion to full-time teacher, have held demonstrations every day this week and plan to be out again today. The group calls the event "adjunct awareness week" - the first of its kind on the Temple campus.
NEWS
March 1, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In a first-floor office in the Bucks County Community College administration hall, negotiators for the college and its faculty union gathered last week to begin work on a precedent. Discussions began Tuesday afternoon to determine the terms under which part-time campus faculty would be covered under the same contract as their full-time counterparts. Union, college and state officials say the situation represents the first time at a Pennsylvania community college that both types of faculty would belong to the same bargaining unit.
NEWS
April 28, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A contract proposed for part-time teachers at Bucks County Community College would bring hefty increases in county taxes or student tuition, college officials warn. Administrators and trustees, in their third month of negotiations with the college's newly organized adjunct faculty, predict that if the union's current proposal were approved, it would cost $4.1 million next year. If that spending increase were funded through tuition, students would face a 40 percent increase - $345 per semester for a student taking 12 units, administrators said.
NEWS
November 11, 2012
Pennsylvania higher education officials took a contentious pay cut off the table in contract talks with state university faculty Friday, but the union said it intended to press ahead with strike-authorization votes next week. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the sides remain at odds on issues including compensation for temporary instructors, health-care benefits, and online education. During talks Friday in Harrisburg, negotiators for the State System of Higher Education withdrew a proposal for a 35 percent salary cut for temporary, or adjunct, faculty.
NEWS
April 12, 2001 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After five years of double-digit tuition increases, Rowan University officials introduced a 2002 budget yesterday that includes an increase of about 9 percent. The university also expects to raise tuition by 8 percent each of the next two years, president Donald Farish said. In the proposed budget, in-state students would pay $4,500, an increase of $360, and out-of-state students $9,000, an increase of $720. In-state graduate-student tuition would be $7,080, an increase of $576, while tuition for out-of-state graduate students would be $11,328, an increase of $912.
NEWS
March 22, 2011
Three things are clear after a meeting yesterday between Father Jim St. George and officials of Chestnut Hill College, which had fired the former adjunct professor for being gay. He will not be reinstated at the college, there will be no legal action on his part and both sides agree it's time to move on. "I am pleased to announce that I have reached an amicable resolution with Chestnut Hill College that will end this controversy," St. George said...
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NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jennie Shanker committed to teaching two classes in sculpture at a Philadelphia college for the spring 2012 semester. She turned down other teaching offers to keep that commitment. One week before the semester began, the college abruptly canceled one of the classes because it was one student shy of its enrollment target. "That was half my income," said Shanker, who earns $3,000 to $5,000 per three-credit course. Such is the plight of an adjunct professor. Adjuncts work without benefits or job security, often for little pay and with no stable career path, though providing a substantial portion of the higher education workforce.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each fall, a transition almost imperceptible to students occurs at South Jersey community colleges - a handful of the vast adjunct teaching staff begin to stride the halls as full-time faculty. For those promoted, it can be an adjustment both exciting and stressful. "It seems like not only do you have the stuff that technically you're responsible for, but people have far higher expectations now," Joseph D'Argenio, 38, said Friday, the end of his first week as an instructor of history, geography, and political science at Gloucester County College after several years as an adjunct teaching the same subjects.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
They're not quite a union - not yet, and maybe not ever, but the adjunct faculty at St. Joseph's University are beginning to act like one. They have formed a group, held meetings with the university administration, and managed to win a pay raise along with a handful of professional perks important to academics. "We've made a lot of noise, and we are in the process of making a lot of noise, and I'm making a lot of noise myself," said Caroline Meline, an instructor in the philosophy department who earns $3,780 per three-credit course.
NEWS
November 11, 2012
Pennsylvania higher education officials took a contentious pay cut off the table in contract talks with state university faculty Friday, but the union said it intended to press ahead with strike-authorization votes next week. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the sides remain at odds on issues including compensation for temporary instructors, health-care benefits, and online education. During talks Friday in Harrisburg, negotiators for the State System of Higher Education withdrew a proposal for a 35 percent salary cut for temporary, or adjunct, faculty.
NEWS
August 5, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An adjunct mathematics professor died Wednesday after he reportedly dived off the second tier of a rotunda to the ground floor of a building at Chestnut Hill College in front of students and staff, a college source said Thursday. A statement on the college's website identified the professor as Rudolf Alexandrov and described his death as the result of a fall, but did not elaborate. Philadelphia police confirmed that there had been a suicide at the college, but declined to release any further information.
NEWS
March 22, 2011
Three things are clear after a meeting yesterday between Father Jim St. George and officials of Chestnut Hill College, which had fired the former adjunct professor for being gay. He will not be reinstated at the college, there will be no legal action on his part and both sides agree it's time to move on. "I am pleased to announce that I have reached an amicable resolution with Chestnut Hill College that will end this controversy," St. George said...
NEWS
March 8, 2011
I have been following the essentially biased coverage of Chestnut Hill College's alleged firing of Father James St. George with keen interest ("College calls priest's ouster 'sensationalized,'" Saturday). I have been an adjunct professor of business communications at the college for 11 years - and this fall my granddaughter will enroll in the college as a full-time student. Is Chestnut Hill College the kind of place I want her to go? Absolutely and without reservation. I am proud of the college and prouder still of the wonderful leadership there.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2011 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Should teaching college be a full-time, high-paid job? Or is it so easy that we should let the market maintain today's low prices for casual professorial labor? Alexander Kudera says he spent 10 years shuttling on the Broad Street subway and the subway-surface trolley, between Drexel and Temple , teaching four or five writing classes a term. Kudera, with his master's degree, was paid the way thousands of faculty gypsies are these days: as an "adjunct" professor, on a per-class basis.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2010 | By Christopher K. Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
While still a teaching assistant at Temple University, Amy Weigand knew one thing: She was not interested in being an adjunct professor, a position she equated with low pay and little security. In fact, she promised herself she would organize a union if that turned out to be her fate. Nine years later, as luck would have it, she is an adjunct, as nontenure-track, part-time college instructors are known. True to her pledge, she is knee-deep in the effort to convince other adjuncts that they should be represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP)
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