VIDEO: LMU Adjunct Arik Greenberg Shares Experience at Congressional Briefing on Issues Affecting Contingent Faculty in Washington, DC

SEIU Local 500 member Terilee Edwards-Hewitt with Local 500 Vice President for Higher Education, Kip Lornell and LMU Adjunct Professor Arik Greenberg.

SEIU Local 500 member Terilee Edwards-Hewitt with Local 500 Vice President for Higher Education, Kip Lornell and LMU Adjunct Professor Arik Greenberg.

LMU adjunct Arik Greenberg spoke up for L.A. adjuncts during a briefing for congressional staffers in Washington, DC. on January 24. The briefing on “Higher Education Adjunct Faculty Working Conditions and the Legislative Agenda,” included panelists Maria Maisto, President & Executive Director, New Faculty Majority Foundation; Esther Merves, Director of Research, New Faculty Majority Foundation; and Dan Maxey, Dean’s Fellow, Rossier School of Higher Education, University of Southern California and Co- Investigator, The Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success.

During the hearing Arik spoke about his experience at Loyola Marymount, and forming a union. “Adjuncts are beginning to join together and collectively we are working to increase standards at our universities. Together we can make progress toward making improvements in academic working conditions, which will in turn lead to improvements in student learning conditions. Congress can also do its part, too. I’m not the policy expert here, but there is much that is within your purview that would improve academic working conditions and student learning conditions.”


 
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democratic Staff also released its report on contingent faculty in higher education, “The Just-In-Time Professor,” the result of Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) e-Forum that collected stories from 845 adjunct faculty in 41 states.

Thanks to LA and Adjunct Action advocates nationwide, we are building a voice for part-time and contingent faculty across the country and on Capitol Hill.

For more about the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s report, read the recent Inside Higher Ed article. Read more about SEIU Local 500 members who also attended the briefing here.

 

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