Just Ask Brochure March 2009 American Federation Of

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“I was having a problem
understanding something
in class. When I asked,
the teacher said he’d
help, but we had trouble
arranging a time when
we were both on campus

When we finally did meet,
I found out he didn’t even
have a faculty office—we
had to meet on a bench
outside the student
union! Honestly, I was
amazed.”
About FACE:
The American Federation of Teachers launched
the Faculty and College Excellence (FACE) cam-
paign to achieve equity for nonpermanent faculty 4 important questions
and to advocate for more full-time permanent to ask when choosing
faculty. A college
Ensure that you, your child or your grandchild
will get the college education students deserve:
Just Ask!
We want to hear from you!
Tell us what happened when you asked about a
college’s or university’s investment in its faculty. Item number: 36-09002
03/2009
www.aftface.org
Just Ask! Choosing a College:
It’s one of the secrets the glossy college and uni- Separating Myth from Reality
versity catalogs and campus tour guides don’t Visiting a college campus is a big step in making
tell you: Colleges and universities are investing the decision about whether a particular college
less and less in the educators who are crucial is right for you, your child or even your grand-
to a student’s success. In fact, at most colleges child. A college education is an investment, and
today, it’s more than likely that students will you should know what you’re getting in return

be taught by an instructor who doesn’t have Here’s why you should ask questions about
a permanent position on the faculty. Most of faculty makeup and
these professionals work part time, are poorly working conditions:
compensated and lack basic professional sup- “I had an English class
port such as suitable office space to meet with Fact: Today, seven out when I started here
their students. Want to know more? “Just Ask” a of 10 faculty members that was the best. I
college representative these questions and get are in part-time or full- tried to take another
the real story: time temporary posi- class with my teach-
tions at our colleges er, but she told me
1. How likely is it that a first- or second- and universities. she’s an ‘adjunct’ and
year student at your institution will be didn’t know what
taught by full-time, permanent faculty classes, if any, she’d
members? Fact: More than half
of all undergraduate be teaching the next
2. What percentage of undergraduate semester. And when
courses across the
classes and discussion sections are I was graduating and
taught by part-time faculty and gradu- country are taught by
part-time or full-time came back for a letter
ate assistants?
temporary instructors. of recommendation,
3. How much do part-time faculty make I was told she was
per course at your institution?
Fact: Part-time faculty gone altogether.”
4. Are part-time faculty required to hold typically earn less than
office hours? Do they get paid to do so,
and are they provided suitable office
$3,000 per course,
space to meet with students? and often have to teach at several institutions to
patch together a living

Why Does This Matter?
College representatives the salaries are for up the majority of the today. After all, faculty
might try to answer your teaching only three hours higher education teaching members’ working
questions by saying their a week—which is far from force, but are teaching conditions are students’
part-time or full-time the truth, considering the most of the classes and are learning conditions

temporary faculty only class preparation and teaching across all disci- That’s why we urge you to
teach specialized classes grading time necessary. plines, including most core ask college representatives
and bring a real-world introductory courses. what is really happening
Don’t accept easy answers

perspective to the class- These faculty are great with faculty staffing on
room. Or, they might The truth is, instructors teachers, but they cannot their campuses. Students
justify temporary faculty’s who aren’t permanent do their best work under and faculty deserve better

very low salaries by saying employees not only make the conditions they face

Faculty makeup and working conditions: Fact: Today, seven out of 10 faculty members are in part-time or full-time temporary posi-tions at our colleges and universities. Fact: More than half of all undergraduate courses across the country are taught by part-time or full-time temporary instructors. Fact: Part-time faculty typically earn less than

The American Federation of Teachers launched the Faculty and College Excellence (FACE) cam-paign to achieve equity for nonpermanent faculty and to advocate for more full-time permanent faculty. Ensure that you, your child or your grandchild will get the college education students deserve: Just Ask! We want to hear from you!

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This paper presents four important questions to ask when choosing a college. Descriptors: Part Time Faculty, College Faculty, College Choice, Teacher Role, Teacher Competencies, Employment Level, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Assistants American Federation of Teachers. 555 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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