2018 Annual Meeting, Nov 17-20

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Meeting! Plan to join your colleagues in Denver November 17-20. More info to come soon!

Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group

Charge:  The Working group supports the efforts of the American Academy of Religion to address a wide range of issues connected to educational institutions’ heavy reliance on contingent faculty, including those working on a part-time basis as well as single or multi-year contracts. The group advocates cultural and structural change to ensure just work conditions, pay, and collective bargaining rights for contingent faculty in order to foster equity, labor justice, and the common good in the Academy. Contingent faculty chair the working group.

Terms of Office:  Four years, non-renewable.

Member Position Term Start Term End
Edwin David Aponte 2017 2020
Matthew Bingley 2017 2019
Kerry Danner Chair 2018 2020
Jennifer Scheper Hughes 2018 2021
Sylvester Johnson 2017 2018
Elizabeth Lemons 2017 2020
Sarah Levine Staff Liaison 2017
Rachel Lindsey 2017 2020
Hussein Rashid 2017 2018
Gabe Veas 2017 2020

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Information about Contingent Faculty, Labor, and Compensation

Trends in the Academic Labor Force, 1975–2015
Graphic, American Association of University Professors, March 2017

2016–17 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession: Visualizing Change
Report, American Association of University Professors, March–April 2017

The High Public Cost of Low Wages
Research brief, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, April 2015

The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members in Higher Education, Fall 2011
Report, American Association of University Professors, April 2014

A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty
Survey data and report, Coalition on the Academic Workforce, 2012

Who is Professor "Staff," and How Can This Person Teach So Many Classes?
Report, Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, August 2012

Chronicle Data
Data, Chronicle of Higher Education, User-submitted salary and per-course compensation

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
National Center for Education Statistics, compiles data on students, faculty, finances, and more from every postsecondary institution that takes government-provided student aid

Articles and Opinion

Union Busting for God: Catholic Colleges Invoke "Religious Freedom" to Violate Catholic Teaching
by Kaya Oakes for Religion Dispatches, June 23, 2017

The Cost of an Adjunct
The Atlantic, May 26, 2015

The Changing Academic Workforce
Trusteeship Magazine, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, May/June 2013


Access to Unemployment Benefits for Contingent Faculty
Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor

SEIU Faculty Forward