National Conference on Contingent Academic Labor

COCAL IV UPDATE #2

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed/are still enjoying the holidays.  I have a few quick tidbits to share regarding the conference.

CONFERENCE DRAWS ACTIVISTS FROM AROUND THE NATION AND CANADA
Attendance has reached 100 people.  We now have folks coming from 11 states, Washington, D.C., and several Canadian Provinces.

I received the following message the day before Christmas:
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I have just found out about the conference. We have been locked in a struggle at El Paso Community College for three years. We receive no benefits and are paid less than $2000 per course, which is less than 40 % of what the average full time instructor receives. We need help and we need to be among those who understand the plight of the part time faculty. We will be there!
Emilio Bruna
Economics Instructor
President, Texas Part-time Faculty Assn. (TPFA)
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STUDENT ACTIVISTS TO ATTEND COCAL IV
Besides the many well known faculty activists who will be attending the conference, we are very excited to have student activists joining the movement.  Students for Justice from DeAnza College have offered to help with videography.  Also, Philip Gibson from Pasadena City College will be participating in the Campus Coalition breakout session.  Philip, you might remember, is the student Alexis Moore alerted us to a couple of weeks ago.  Philip was recently highlighted in the The Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec. 8th issue) for his study of the salary gap between administrators and the average part-time faculty member working 60 percent of a full-time schedule at Pasadena City College.

THE AGENDA ONLINE
If you haven't looked at the agenda recently, you might want to visit the CPFA website.  There are now links to many of the organizations represented by breakout leaders and panelists and sponsors and co-sponsors.  Also, by reading the bios of the participants, you will see that a wealth of academic labor knowledge and expertise will be gathering in San Jose.

http://www.cpfa.org/cocal/agenda.html

ONE PART-TIMER'S LETTER
Sarah is a part-time faculty member who quite poignantly expresses the anger, fear, and disappointment that perhaps we all feel at one time or another as marginalized members of our respective institutions.

http://www.cpfa.org/cocal/bio/xie.html

REGISTER TODAY!!!
If you haven't registered yet, please do so quickly.  Early registration fee of $50.00 will remain in effect until January 12th.  The first hotel booked quickly, and we are now booking people in to a second hotel, The Arena Hotel, which has graciously extended us a rate of $89.00/night; however, we need to notify them of the guest list by December 29th.

FRIDAY NIGHT AUTHORS' ROUNDTABLE:
If you plan to attend the Friday evening dinner, we need to receive your registration in
advance with your indication of intended attendance NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 29th.
We will not be able to guarantee a dinner for you if your registration is received after this
date. The registration form does not include a space for you to mark your intention, so please
indicated by clearly writing either:

Friday Night:  Chicken
or
Friday Night: Tortellini Primavera

If you wish to attend the Friday night event ONLY and not participate in the rest of the conference, the cost is $40.00.

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thanks and enjoy the rest of the holiday break.

Mary Ellen
 

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Mary Ellen Goodwin
CPFA Director of Administration
Conference Steering Committee Chair

340 N. Milton Avenue
Campbell, CA   95008
(408) 378-7888
 

 

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