Articles specifically addressing strategy for organizing contingent faculty
(not including grad employees)
Compiled by Joe Berry, January, 2004
Note: This is a reasonably complete list, but does not include that many other pieces that
partially address strategy in the context of other more primary goals or which only deal with a
particular discipline or institution. Many of the publications of AFT, NEA and AAUP as well as
many individual case study pieces address aspects of organizing strategy. See their websites. This
list is limited to pieces that attempt a broader strategic focus across institutions and
disciplines. Workshops at COCAL VI are planned to deepen and extend this discussion.
note - Those available online are linked here. If anyone knows of links
not listed here, please contact me. If any of the authors below would like
to have his/her article hosted here, also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Berry, Joe. Contingent Faculty in Higher Education: An Organizing Strategy and Chicago Area
Proposal. Ph.D. Dissertation, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, 2002.
Available online here as a PDF
or as a Word file.
- _________, "In a Leftover Office in Chicago" in Cogs in the Classroom Factory:
The changing identity of academic labor. Edited by Deborah Herman and Julie Schmid, 59-68.
Westport, CN: Praeger/Greenwood, 2003.
- Cobble, Dorothy Sue. "History, Women’s Work and the New Unionism." Thought and
Action. 15, no. 2 (1999): 19-24. Available at NEA's website as a PDF.
- Gottfried, Barbara and Gary Zabel. "Social movement Unionism and Adjunct Faculty
Organizing in Boston". In Steal the University edited by Benjamin Johnson,
Patrick Kavanagh, and Kevin Mattson, 207-220. New York: Routledge, 2003.
- Gray, Lois. "Entertainment Unions and Higher Education." Thought and Action
15 no. 2(1999): 25-30. Available at NEA's website as a PDF.
- Johnson, Tom. "Our Time Has Come: A Proposal to Organize Non-Tenured Faculty."
Against the Current. (January/February 1992): 23-27.
- Johnston, Paul. "Public Service Unionism and the Coming Fiscal Crisis." unpublished
paper. Available as a word document at www.newcitizen.org/PublicActions.htm.
- ________. "The New Academic Underclass Confronts the Lean, Mean University in the
Information Age." unpublished paper. August 1999.
- Kerchner, Charles. "Knowledge Workers: Trade Unionism’s New Frontier." Thought
and Action 15 no. 2 (1999): 11-17. Available at NEA's website as a PDF.
- Klimmer, Rich. "No Illusions: Organizing the Academy." Paper presented to the
Organizing Research Network Network, June 23, 2003, Harvard University. Available online here
as a PDF.
- Moser, Richard. "The AAUP Organizes Part-Time Faculty." Academe
(November-December 2000). Available at AAUP's website for Academe.
- ____________."The New Academic Labor System and the New Academic Citizenship."
Radical Historian Newsletter 80 (May 1999): 1.
- Schell, Eileen. "Toward a New Labor Movement in Higher Education: Contingent Faculty and
Organizing for Change." Workplace: A journal for academic labor. (no.7).
- Smallwood, Scott. "United We Stand? Part-time professors are forming unions but many
wonder if teaming up with full-timers would be better." Chronicle of Higher Education.
(Feb. 21, 2003)
- Suhrbur, Tom. "Adjunct Faculty Association of Chicago, IEA/NEA." unpublished paper
(revised version January, 2002) Available here.
- Zabel, Gary. "A New Campus Rebellion: Organizing Boston’s Contingent Faculty."
New Labor Forum (spring/summer 2000): 90-98. Available here
(on the CEW 2001 archive).
- __________. "A New Labor Movement in the Academy." Dollars and Sense
(March/April 2000): 33-35, 44. Available online at findarticles.com.
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