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Adapting By Design Toolkit

12.12.16: Institutional leaders are under the greatest pressure to act; unable to wait for trends to shift or for a national consensus to form. This toolkit can help them to facilitate an intentional process to collectively examine and redesign the faculty models locally at their own institutions. It draws upon recommendations made in Adapting by Design and our firm belief that the type of change we have advocated for over several years can be achieved when campus leaders from the administration and faculty working with other stakeholders and engage in meaningful dialogue about shared goals and values, challenges and opportunities. These efforts can help to identify and create an impetus for achieving the changes that are necessary to ensure a successful future for our institutions, our students and faculty, and our communities.

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ACE2017 99th Annual Meeting

03.13.17: Ignite visionary ideas by joining us to learn and network with peers at the country’s premier higher education event—ACE2017, ACE’s 99th Annual Meeting. It brings together nearly 2,000 higher education leaders to generate collaborative conversations around ideas and best practices. Hear from thought leaders and news makers discussing the most pressing issues of the day to inspire bold solutions to your campus’s challenges. You’ll return from Washington, DC with practical ideas you can begin to implement on your campus right away.

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The National Center’s 44th Annual National Conference
At the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City

03.26.17: The National Center is comprised of labor and management professionals, practitioners, and scholars interested in studying contemporary and historical labor-management issues, best practices in collective bargaining, legal and legislative developments, and public support for higher education. It provides a clearinghouse and forum for scholarly research and ideas concerning labor relations, collective bargaining and labor law issues related to higher education.

As part of its mission, the Center hosts an annual conference and publishes a journal and other publications that offer unique insights into current issues and trends in collective bargaining. University administrators and union leaders collaborate in all of the National Center’s activities which include an annual national conference, publications (the Directory of Faculty Contracts and Bargaining Agents; the national conference Proceedings; the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy; the National Center E-Note), and regional seminars and training sessions.

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2017 Annual Meeting: Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence

01.27.17: The AAC&U 2017 Annual Meeting will respond to the urgent need—expressed by educators from campuses across the country—for more effective approaches to restoring public trust in higher education and improving public understanding of how liberal education and inclusive excellence are valuable “public” and “private” goods. Rebuilding the public’s trust in higher and liberal education requires educators and leaders from across sectors to paint a more compelling and vivid picture of how colleges and universities are improving student learning and reinventing liberal education to serve today’s students and to solve today’s challenges.

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News and Views

Tef: dump the pointless metrics and take a hard look at casualisation

11.08.16 | The Guardian: Higher Ed Network | Sally Hunt

The government claims that its new Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef) will put students at the “heart of the system”. Unfortunately, the metrics being used for the Tef tell us little about teaching quality and nothing about how we could improve things.

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Professors staying and the impact on adjuncts

10.24.16 | University Business | Deborah Yaffe

Are universities hiring non-tenured adjuncts—who now make up two-thirds of the faculty workforce—because their tenured veterans won’t retire?

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Envisioning the Faculty

10.17.16 | Inside Higher Ed | Colleen Flaherty

By now just about everyone has gotten the message that the adjunctification of higher education is unsustainable. Yet there’s no apparent sense of urgency by administrators to address the problem, as academe continues to “react” — rather than thoughtfully “respond” — to the changing makeup of the faculty and the factors driving it, argues a new book from Adrianna Kezar, founder of the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success at the University of Southern California.

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More Faculty Diversity, Not on Tenure Track

08.22.16 | Inside Higher Ed | Colleen Flaherty

Adrianna Kezar, a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California and director of its Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, said the report is to be commended for looking only to native-born underrepresented minorities and for disaggregating data by race. While the main premise of the study is not novel, she said, what is new and helpful is the demonstrated growth for Hispanic and Asian-Americans, compared to the “stubborn lack of growth” for African-Americans.

Kezar said she was also concerned that the hiring practices for non-tenure-track faculty often circumvent formal diversity initiatives, which tend to focus on tenure-track jobs. It’s something the data don’t touch on, but which deserves further attention, she said, lest it ultimately result in “remaking the white academy” as the proportion of non-tenure-track jobs continues to grow.

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A Broader Look at Adjunct Faculty

08.19.16 | BizEd | Sharon Shinn

Across the university, the use of adjunct professors is on the rise—and that’s a trend with many troubling consequences, says Adrianna Kezar, professor for higher education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Much of her research centers around how adjunct faculty are deployed in the university and how that affects student learning.

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Wellness Programs, Adjunct Health Care on the Decline

08.12.16 | Inside Higher Ed

CUPA-HR survey cites declines in employer-sponsored wellness programs and part-time-faculty benefits.

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Adjunct professorships hurt students and educators alike. Is it time to abandon tenure?

06.30.16 | SALON

Colleges and universities have seen a boom in contingent faculty. Administrators must rethink their business model.

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Is it time to eliminate tenure for professors?

06.28.16 | The Conversation

We appear to be at a crossroads. The higher education enterprise has changed, but the traditional tenure model has stayed the same. The truth is that universities need faculty who are dedicated to teaching, but the most persuasive argument in support of tenure – its role in protecting academic freedom– has come to be too narrowly associated with research.

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Wellness Programs, Adjunct Health Care on the Decline

08.12.16 | Inside Higher Ed

CUPA-HR survey cites declines in employer-sponsored wellness programs and part-time-faculty benefits.

>>Click here to access this article through insidehighered.com


2016 SENCER Summer Institute

07.28.16 | SENCER

The central theme of this year’s Institute was transformation. Transformation is expressed throughout several facets of our work in 2016, from the continued progress in our SENCER, SENCER-ISE and Engaging Mathematics projects to our pursuit of opportunities emerging from new partnerships and initiatives, and our organization being profiled in a recent USC monograph by Adrianna Kezar and Sean Gehrke as a Community of Transformation in STEM reform.

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Adjunct professorships hurt students and educators alike. Is it time to abandon tenure?

06.30.16 | SALON

Colleges and universities have seen a boom in contingent faculty. Administrators must rethink their business model.

>>Click here to access this article through SALON.com


Is it time to eliminate tenure for professors?

06.28.16 | The Conversation

We appear to be at a crossroads. The higher education enterprise has changed, but the traditional tenure model has stayed the same. The truth is that universities need faculty who are dedicated to teaching, but the most persuasive argument in support of tenure – its role in protecting academic freedom– has come to be too narrowly associated with research.

>>Click here to access this article through theconversation.com


Rethinking Faculty Support and Models: New Tools from the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success

06.13.16 | EDUCAUSE

This session will provide a brief overview of the latest research from the Delphi Project on rethinking and intentionally designing faculty roles to best meet the needs of students, faculty, and institutions. Additionally, we will examine two tools designed to help spark conversations on campus around faculty issues. The first is a self-assessment for departments who are interested in examining their cultures for non-tenure-track faculty. The second is a series of questions for stakeholders across campus to promote dialogue on how to intentionally redesign the faculty role.

>>Click here to access this article through educause.edu


Spotlight on David English

06.10.16 | NC State University: College of Education News

David English takes the reins as interim provost at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on June 1. English, who earned his doctorate in educational research and policy analysis, with a specialization in higher education, from the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development, will serve as chief academic officer of the UNC system’s professional school for performing, visual and moving image arts.

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Tenure is disappearing, much to the detriment of higher ed

04.13.16 | Education Dive | Tara García Mathewson

Kezar cites a range of negative consequences that have followed the shift away from a tenured faculty workforce. There’s the documented negative impact on graduation rates, first-year retention, likelihood of transfer from a two-year to a four-year college, and student grade point averages. Students who take classes from primarily adjunct faculty have a harder time getting letters of recommendation and finding supporters to pitch them to graduate school programs and employers.

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Annual AAUP salary survey says professor pay is up 3.4%

04.11.16 | Inside Higher Ed | Colleen Flaherty

Professor pay was up 3.4 percent this year, according to AAUP’s annual faculty salary survey.

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Policies and Practices for Supporting Non-Tenure Track Faculty

03.22.16 | Interfolio | Phil Morley

Over 70% of faculty members employed in U.S. colleges and universities hold contingent, part-time or otherwise non-tenure track positions. In other words, the majority of scholars who carry the academic mission must do so without the job security that comes with a conventional, tenured, full-time professorship. What’s more, they miss out on the full participation in shared governance that’s granted to their colleagues on the tenure track.

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Stakeholders all across higher education share an emerging vision for future faculty (essay)

03.17.16 | Inside Higher Ed | Adrianna Kezar

Key stakeholders all across higher education — including boards, policy makers, administrators at all levels, faculty of all types, disciplinary societies, and unions — increasingly have one. It’s time to make it a reality, argues Adrianna Kezar.

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Paper argues that adjuncts’ push for better pay and working conditions is prohibitively expensive and would cost jobs

03.17.16 | Inside Higher Ed | Colleen Flaherty

New paper argues that colleges can’t afford to improve the pay and working conditions of those off the tenure track. Activists slam the analysis.

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