兼职教授应该得到更好的报酬和福利

2021年9月7日 / 评论(0)

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For nearly 20 years, Sally Bartlett has taught English composition as an adjunct professor. She has a love for language and continues her work to help teach the next generation about the way words work. 她经常告诉她的学生, “You have more power in convincing someone with your words than twisting their arm to do something.”

Having obtained her doctorate to teach this course at the bachelor’s level, 她每周工作大约50个小时, 制作约35美元,每年有1万英镑的全日制课程. Her salary is one-third of what a full-time faculty member teaching the exact same course load. 作为一个兼职, 她没有得到任何福利, health care or contributions toward retirement that other full-time faculty receive.

不幸的是,她的故事并非独一无二. Over the last few years, Florida’s college system has seen a growth in adjunct hiring. This increase has allowed colleges and universities to provide lower pay, no benefits and to skirt payroll taxes that would contribute toward their retirement and health care, a benefit afforded to almost all other types of workers. 作为一名兼职教授, I am part of the now 70% of instructors who make up our state’s higher education system. Colleges and universities have begun moving toward hiring what they deem “contingent faculty staff,” giving adjunct instructors no job security semester to semester. They have moved further away from offering new full-time positions.

在去年大流行期间, we saw firsthand how instructors immediately melded to the moment and met the need to teach virtually so students would not interrupt their studies and course work toward earning their degrees. The ongoing pandemic has only exacerbated the problem faced in our broken higher education system. and adjunct instructors are part of a statewide movement of working families fighting to fix that.

As a candidate for Florida’s State Senate District 24, I sat with other adjuncts from across Pinellas County and the state who are members and worker leaders with the Florida Public Services Union — a local of the Service Employees International Union. It shouldn’t take a roundtable conversation to come to the conclusion colleges and universities must provide adequate pay, better benefits and job security to the faculty responsible for educating our next generation of leaders.

Adjuncts at the 南佛罗里达大学 and 希尔斯堡果博东方手机版学院 have come together, organized and bargained a union contract to provide many of the protections afforded to their full time counterparts and expand their access to essential benefits like health care. If Republican leaders had their way during the last legislative session in Tallahassee, these same adjuncts would have seen their rights eliminated.

在坦帕湾的另一边,St. 彼得堡 College find themselves blocked by red tape. Though adjuncts at SPC have organized and overwhelmingly voted to join the union, the final steps to make their union contract official have been held up by the college’s 董事会 of Trustees, an unelected body of appointees of the governor who bare little accountability to the workers they employ or the communities they serve.

最高法院的助理已经发言了. They want to collectively bargain together to determine their rights, 大学领导的福利和薪酬. It is time for the 董事会 of Trustees to remove the red tape and let the adjuncts have a say.

And while we wait, adjuncts like Sally Bartlett continue to wait. She lives with cerebral palsy on one side of her body and supplements her income by picking up additional freelance editing assignments. She can not afford the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment in the Tampa Bay area, 这是1美元,每月600. It is not news to many of us that the cost of living continues to rise while pay across industries have stayed stagnant.

作为兼职教授, we are focused on helping to guide our students in a meaningful way to the next chapter of their lives and careers. If our higher education system continues to deny adjunct faculty basic benefits, 保健和适当的工资, they will have no real hope of finding a full-time position or earning a living wage.

We must fully fund our higher education system and that starts with providing adequate salary and benefits for all college and university instructors and staff — not just a select few.

Eunic Ortiz is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida teaching Ethics in Communications and has worked in labor, advocacy and government relations for more than a decade. She is running for Florida’s state Senate District 24, covering most parts of Pinellas County.