Links Page

Organizations and Journals

Workplace:  The Journal for Academic Labor - a webzine with a lot of quality articles on issues confronting academic workers.

Chicago Steward - On-line newsletter geared toward front-line union activists in the Chicago area.

Boston COCAL - Our big sister and inspiration.

COCAL-CA - The Coalition's manifestation in California.

Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions - Part of the reason this group is called "contingent academic labor" is to include graduate student employees.

Campus Equity Week - Articles on events associated with CEW 2003. See also the archived Chicago CEW (2001) site here.

Adjunct Nation - website associated with the National Adjunct Faculty Guild and its print magazine, Adjunct Advocate.  This site offers some professional resources, news, a job bank, and so forth.

National Coalition of Independent Scholars - advocates for those doing research outside an academic environment.  This group has a newsletter, does some lobbying, offers small grants, etc.

Faculty Rights Coalition - Group based in Texas, focused primarily on changing education laws there. - Tips and resources for adjuncts, from Houghton Mifflin. - Web project of the National Association for Fair Employment, a group that focuses on contingent labor generally.

COUP - Committees United against Privatization (a group in the Chicago City Colleges).

Campaign for Better Health Care - this group was involved in rallies for Campus Equity Week in the fall of 2001 and is pushing for greater access to health care. It has a good links page on health issues.

Budget Crises - A new site (February 2004) put up by NAFFE's Campus Organizing Action Group to respond to budget crises in various states.

Unions in Higher Education

In the Chicago (and Illinois) area


National (U.S.)


Articles and Reports

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Christine Maitland and Gary Rhoades, "Bargaining for Contingent Faculty" from the 2005 NEA Almanac of Higher Education.

The January/February 2004 issue of Academe, the AAUP's journal, has several good articles on contingent labor:

Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession - New policy statement adopted by AAUP on November 9, 2003

Rich Klimmer, No Illusions; Organizing the Academy - Presented to the Organizing Research Network, Harvard University, June 23, 2003.

Joe Berry, Contingent Faculty in Higher Education:  An Organizing Strategy and Chicago Area Proposal - Joe's dissertation, first available at NAFFE's site.

Standards of Good Practice in the Employment of Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty.  A Blueprint for Raising Standards and Ensuring Financial and Professional Equity-  July 2002 brochure from the American Federation of Teachers.

All Faculty Matter! A Study of Nontenure-Track Faculty at Illinois Public Colleges and Universities - February 2002 report commissioned by the Illinois Board of Higher Education

Public College and University Reports on Nontenure-Track Faculty - the IBHE's follow-up report (June 2003) to "All Faculty Matter!"

Marching Toward Equity - Curbing the Exploitation and Overuse of Part-time and Non-tenured Faculty - October 2001 report from AFT highlighting their efforts.

The Vanishing Professor - 1998 report from AFT highlighting the substitution of part-time for full-time employment.

National Conference on Contingent Academic Labor - reports from COCAL IV, held in 2001 in San Jose, California

College campuses ripe for unions' picking - from

Casual Nation - Report from the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions. 

Who Is Teaching in U.S. College Classrooms? - a collaborative study by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce conducted in 1999 and released November 22, 2000.

Part-Time Faculty in Higher Education Annotated Bibliography - over two hundred listings compiled by Robert Pankin and Carla Weiss.

Adjunct Faculty Compensation Survey - A survey of per-course pay at community colleges conducted by Warren Mosby and hosted on the Adjunct Nation site.

COCAL IV Website - Graciously lent by Ralph Sutter, now archived here.  This includes papers and commentary, press reports, and now some photos.

Statements on Contingent Academic Labor

AAUP Guidelines for Part-Time and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty


Illinois Board of Higher Education

Illinois Community College Board

Some Colleges and Universities in the Chicago Area

Aurora University Benedictine University Calumet College of St. Joseph
Chicago State University City Colleges of Chicago College of DuPage
College of Lake County Columbia College - Chicago Concordia University
DePaul University DeVry University Dominican University
East-West University Elmhurst College Elgin Community College
Governors State University Illinois Institute of Technology Joliet Junior College
Judson College Kendall College Lake Forest College
Lewis University Loyola University - Chicago MacCormac College
McHenry County College Moraine Valley Community College Morton College
National-Louis University North Central College North Park University
Northeastern Illinois University Northwestern University Oakton Community College
Olivet Nazarene University Prairie State College Purdue University - Calumet
Robert Morris College Roosevelt University Rush University
St. Xavier University School of the Art Institute of Chicago South Suburban College of Cook County
Spertus College Trinity Christian College Trinity International University
Triton College University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Phoenix University of St. Francis Valparaiso University
Waubonsee Community College Wheaton College William Rainey Harper College

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