Campus Equity Week
Each October, CFT chapters around the state hold a Campus (formerly “Adjunct”) Equity Week. The purpose is to shed light on the precarious working conditions of adjunct (part-time/contingent) faculty who make up the majority of college instructors. Here at El Camino College, adjuncts are over *65% of the faculty! *Annual ECC Factbook 2019-2020
Campus Equity Week is a time for the entire campus to participate in engaging and informative activities to make progress toward closing the equity gap that persists as a result of the two-tiered employment system that exists across our nation’s colleges.
From CFT: What is Campus Equity Week?
We invite and encourage ALL faculty (both FT & PT) to participate in Campus Equity Week!
Share your Stories!
Do you have a story that illustrates the adversities of teaching at El Camino College as a part-time instructor? We are collecting short, personal stories that provide a firsthand look at the plight part-time instructors face semester to semester and year after year.
Post your stories here – Read shared stories below.
I am another freeway flyer, virtually now, so I spend massive time online every day. I teach nine classes at three colleges. So I have to complete all the professional development for each school, take the state mandated sexual and other presentations three times, and work on grants, SLO’s and course design X3. I am so well educated on equity, equal rights, work-based learning, service learning, career development, scholarships and anti-racism. Everything times three. Jo Moore, Adjunct Faculty, HS&A, 30+
History of Struggles
Currently, El Camino is the only institution where I teach, so my story is likely not representative of most part-time faculty in our area, who often teach for multiple districts. In the past, I have taught classes at El Camino while also commuting to teach freshman composition at CSUDH. The challenges I faced at that time included anything from the basics (finding time to eat lunch, usually rushed and in my car) to the more complex such as learning about campus culture and what the available resources were and how to refer students to them. During that time, I was tutoring in ECC’s Writing Center, teaching the equivalent of a full-time load between the two campuses, and spending a LOT of time familiarizing myself with differing grading and attendance policies, differing campus resource referral systems, and various online course management systems, among other things. My mental health was negatively affected by these challenges, so I ended up letting go of my position at CSUDH. I realize that I am fortunate to be in the position to do so, and I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be for my part-time colleagues who are continually teaching for multiple districts. I once knew someone who taught 8 classes in a single semester for 4 different institutions. This way of life is not sustainable, for part-time faculty or their students, and takes a toll. Kim Runkle, MA, JD English Department, 18 years as PT faculty for ECC, started as a tutor here 23 years ago
Professors are Contingent
It is very stressful to be a part-time instructor. The precarity of my job means that finances are a constant concern. Additionally, teaching at multiple campuses means that I am always driving (my car is my office) and always trying to balance supplemental work (PD for multiple campuses, checking all my email accounts, etc). I wish that students understood that the vast majority of their professors are contingent. – Anonymous
Several years ago when I was teaching on three campuses. I relied on a campus-wide technology here at El Camino to teach my lab classes.
Apparently, at an Academic Senate meeting, there was notation that this resource would not be available anymore. I generally don’t have the bandwidth to review the minutes of these meetings, and since I’m not a FT faculty, most of it has absolutely nothing to do with me anyway.
As far as I can tell, the only notification that the resource would be going away (at least for instructors) was in the those Senate meeting notes. There was no other communication.
Needless to say that semester started very rocky… -Anonymous