The Contingent Faculty Caucus (CFC) is intended to provide a space for contingent faculty to support and empower each other and build relationships across the U since there is currently no place or space to do so.
The vision for the CFC is to represent the interests and voices of contingent faculty through our campaign to form a faculty union and within the union itself. Our goal in forming a united faculty voice is to support a stabilized instructional staff in order to improve working conditions for all instructors and learning conditions for all students. Together, we can address working conditions that revolve around transparency, pay, stability, career advancement, workload, quality of instruction, funding and research. We can improve learning conditions for our students by creating dialogue and action to support mental and fiscal student health. Uniting as faculty is the way to show the depth of our support for our students.
The CFC aims to collect and clarify the priorities of contingent faculty that we will seek to address in our first union contract. The power of the CFC is derived from a core of contingent faculty engaged in the unionization campaign to assert our voice in the direction and strategy of the greater unionization effort.
Building better connections between all faculty in an effort to address exploitative and divisive labor trends at the U can weaken the hierarchy that impedes authentic collegiality between tenure and non-tenure faculty. A united faculty can negotiate for better working conditions together, not against each other. We can cultivate a more effective relationship with Administration, one that is legally binding, as we continue to shape the state of the U.
If you have any questions or want to get involved, contact Erin Trapp at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Pogatshnik at email@example.com. To join our effort, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and an organizer will follow up with you.
The MN Academics Podcast series will highlight the unique working conditions and precarity faced by contingent faculty at the University of Minnesota.
Our second podcast features Mary Pogatshnik, a Senior Teaching Specialist in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Mary discusses how she got involved in our effort to form a faculty union after receiving her first-ever non-renewal letter after fifteen years at the U of M.
The first podcast features Jason Stahl, a Lecturer in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy and Development in the College of Education and Human Development. Jason describes his own work contributing to the excellence of the University and his own belief that all faculty need the collective power of a union.
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