COCAL is the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, a 20 year old network of contingent activists and their organizations that does a conference (now tri-national - USA, CAN (including QBC), and MEX) every other year, usually in August. It also sponsors a listserv, called ADJ-L, and has an International Advisory Committee, a website www.cocalinternational.org and Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/COCALInternational>, as well as this news aggregator, COCAL UPDATES. See below at bottom for details on joining the listserv.
GREAT Quote for the new year from US Labor Against the War, authored by Michael Eisenscher, their organizer emeritus.
See it at http://uslaboragainstwar.org/Article/76991/a-holiday-reflection-from-uslaw
SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING CAMPUS EQUITY WEEK, 2017
Do you find yourself missing national Campus Equity Week celebrations this year?
Looking ahead to October of 2017, a grassroots group of contingent artist-activists scattered across the U.S. have been working under the auspices of New Faculty Majority for several months to design a theme that captures our need to both conceal and reveal our complex identities as members of the precarious academic workforce: mAsk4campusEquity.
We are exploring three basic customizable options for unified Campus Equity messaging and activities in 2017 that capitalize on the change-making power of art:
1. Historical re-enactment of creative social justice protests;
2. Other modes of performance art such as mock funerals, carnival processions, etc;
3. Exhibits that illustrate the diversity of our workforce and the issues of contingent employment.
Over the next few months, we hope to
· build a large network of artist-activists and supporters;
· partner with a number of organizations related to the arts;
· engage participants with expertise in various art media from music and performance to photography, sculpture, graphic arts and new media, to flesh out plans for local actions that will resonate across the country.
If you want to join our campaign on the ground floor, please contact Anne Wiegard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thought I'd share this LAWCHA article https://lawcha.org/wordpress/2017/01/09/decline-faculty-tenure-less-oversupply-phds-system... Trevor Griffey busting the myth of the "oversupply" of PhDs in the academic job market.
He concludes with what I think is a fundamental insight about a growing "class divide" in the academy over how to address the issue.
Dr. John Lloyd
Department of History
Chair, Senate Budget Committee
Presidential Fellow, Alternative Transportation
Cal Poly Pomona
“Please note: At least three seminar spaces and at least five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members.”
The link below should take you to the webpage listing the various options with a March 1 deadline for application (be sure to click on the tab for the college and university faculty). I am part of the Summer Institute called Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative.
In the event that you have not already shared this with your lists, it seems like good news to me, and in this environment, any good news is nice. Take care, jeff
Southwest Minnesota State University
Thanks again for all your work on these issues.
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057
The State of Labor in Boston: Work, Inequality, and the Future of the Labor Movement
April 1st, 2017
University of Massachusetts Boston
The Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston invites proposals for papers from a wide range of people doing scholarly work both within and outside of academia for a one-day conference on the state of labor in Boston. We define both "labor" and "Boston" in the broadest of terms, and are looking for contributions on four general themes that speak to the larger issue of inequality within the Boston region:
The State of Workers
The State of Organizing
The State of the Opposition
The State of Labor Research
Please read the full Call for Papers, which has been uploaded to the UALE Discussion Forum at:
This conference will bring together a wide range of people who share a commitment to understanding the state of labor and working people in the Boston region. Preliminary discussions for an edited volume have begun, and to that end we seek chapter length papers for a workshop style conference. Contributors to the edited volume may receive small grants to support the transformation of a conference paper into a publishable book chapter.
Please send a 1 page abstract and brief CV to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th, 2017.
Director, Labor Resource Center and Labor Studies Program
University of Massachusetts, Boston
I hope this message finds you well. SPACE (Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators--www.spaceducators.com) will take place on June 10, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. Attached is the 2017 Call for Proposals (and the text is below). In 2016, we had about 100 attendees from all over the Eastern half of the US--and the feedback was wonderful. Part-time faculty need and want to attend a conference like this.
My hope is to keep growing SPACE each year. With that in mind we have added a "Leadership and Administration" track for presentations. We received a significant amount of feedback from attendees saying they would like to know more about advocating for and developing the part-time faculty on their campuses; hopefully, this track will fulfill some of those needs.
Please share this call widely, if you feel so inclined. I greatly appreciate your support. It would be wonderful to see you at SPACE this summer, if you are able to attend.
Thank you for all you do for part-time, adjunct, and contingent faculty.
Have a wonderful day,
Call for Proposals
SPACE: The Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Crown Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA
Submission Deadline: February 7, 2017
The coordinators of SPACE, the Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators, are issuing a Call for Proposals for this peer-reviewed conference spotlighting part-time and contingent faculty. We seek proposals from part-time and contingent faculty that highlight the quality of their scholarship and their innovative teaching practices. We also seek proposals from campus leaders to discuss innovative strategies for supporting part-time faculty.
We are seeking submissions in the following categories:
All proposals must be submitted online at this website:
Please contact the SPACE Director, Mandy McGrew with any questions.
Educational Specialist for Part-time Faculty Support, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Instructor of American Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies Department
Kennesaw State University
3211 Campus Loop Rd.
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Inter-office mail drop: #5400
"Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education". by Joe Berry, from Monthly Review Press, 2005. Look at <http://www.reclaimingtheivorytower.org> for full information, individual sales, bulk ordering discounts, or to invite me to speak at an event.
To receive the periodic news aggregator, COCAL Updates, Email <email@example.com> It is archivedathttp://precaritydispatches.tumblr.com/COCAL-Updates-Archive
To join international COCAL listserve email <http://adj-l.org/mailman/listinfo/adj-l_adj-l.org> If this presents problems, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or, send "Subscribe" to <email@example.com>
Join the national membership organization for contingent faculty and their allies, New Faculty Majority (NFM). Support, resources,and strategies for all things related to precarious faculty. <www.Newfacultymajority.info>
Plan to attend COCAL XIII in Queretaro, Mexico, at the Autonomous University of Queretaro, August 2018.
21 San Mateo Road,
Berkeley, CA 94707