Faculty Voices

April 12, 2016

MN DAILY: What’s happening to merit pay? A faculty response

http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2016/04/13/what%E2%80%99s-happening-merit-pay-faculty-response by Rosemarie Park, Associate Professor The University of Minnesota owes its greatness to the amazing people who work here, from top to bottom. Our team is strong because of sound faculty governance policies that have evolved over years of interchanges between rank-and-file faculty, department leaders and central administrators. There […]
March 11, 2016

MN DAILY: Contingent and tenure-line instructors have a common stake in our University

http://www.mndaily.com/article/2016/03/contingent-and-tenure-line-instructors-have-common-stake-our-unive by Mary Pogatshnik, Senior Teaching Specialist Hola, mi nombre es Mary Pogatshnik, one of more than 1,000 contingent instructors who teach at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. It is both a pleasure and honor to teach beginning Spanish courses in the Spanish and Portuguese Department. I’ve taught at the […]
March 10, 2016

A Letter from Professor Jerry Cohen

Dear Colleagues: In classical Greek society, education required a scholar, a student, smooth clean sand and a pointed stick. The royal essence of education has not changed, but the infrastructure has improved. Oddly, the administrators responsible for those ‘add-ons’ sometimes forget that their role is that of custodian for the […]
January 20, 2016

STAR TRIBUNE: Education governance: College teachers are banding together, for students’ sake

Why we need a faculty union at the University of Minnesota.  http://www.startribune.com/education-governance-college-teachers-are-banding-together-for-students-sake/365990681/ by Meredith Gill and Teri Caraway On Wednesday, tenure-line and contingent faculty members at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus filed for a union election with strong support from every level of the faculty in every area […]