Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Have a Crack at This-It's a Dean Dad Thing

This is also posted on NFM's blog site: It's a treat, I think, for some of us. Have a look. What's all dis? Dad, your hair! 

I am very tired, in a good way, after our wonderful NFM-AAUC conference in DC. See here and here for instance, and I stumbled across a recent reference to our noble organization here, to which I take exception.    Here are my remarks, to Dean Dad-some of you may know him, even his name. Anyway, this is just for the elite, the cognoscento, as it were. Gosh, I really am tired. Anyway, I chunked this in here because I can't seem to get it out on the great webish highway any other way:

Dear Dean Dad, 
Your comments, as always, are most provocative. You must be enjoying yourself. As a board member of New Faculty Majority though, I have to take exception to your comment about New Faculty Majority’s advocacy of the “Vancouver model” for paying adjuncts, and I worry about you hair, and that you “pull out what little” you have left when you read NFM on such subjects. Please. Whatever your notions about Canada being where it is, and not being in the United States, the published NFM position is that we advocate equity in compensation, job security, academic freedom, faculty governance, professional advancement, benefits, and access to unemployment insurance. http://www.newfacultymajority.info/national/ The Vancouver Model is but one model that is of interest, and it is a good one, in the opinions of many, and there are others that we discuss. We do not believe that there is one model. Recently, for instance, there has been interest in the model of Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), which is in the United States, actually. There were other models discussed at our recent conference in D.C., in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges and Universities. We would have loved to have you there, and to hear your views, if not to know your name. We discuss many models, in fact, and we give a respectful hearing to all of them, but our overall view is that there are many roads to improvement in the currently dreadful working conditions for adjuncts and contingents, who are the majority teaching faculty in the United States. You are always welcome. I am invited below to "choose an identity." I am Dr. Alan Trevithick, Board member, NFM, and adjunct in anthropology and sociology at Fordham University, Westchester Community College (SUNY), and LaGuardia Community College (CUNY). I invite you and all who are interested to discuss models with me at my personal email address-dralt@optonline.net. Please look after your hair.

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