Bargaining Update — March 9, 2015


Bargaining resumes between United Academics and the university administration on Thursday 12 March, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in the Knight Library Collaboration Center, Room 122. It had been previously announced that the university administration’s team would present their proposal on economics at the next session; this is, however, no longer the case. We will inform you as soon as we know when the administration expects to present its counter-proposal. In the meantime, please attend our bargaining sessions. There is much more than economics at stake.

The CAS Workload Policy Debacle

As most colleagues have heard by now, the College of Arts and Sciences deans are attempting to abuse the existing process for developing workload policies, which the CBA places squarely in the departments and units, to impose “standardized” and “regularized” workloads for non-tenure-track faculty.

For career NTT faculty, the deans “affirmed” a “standard”* workload of nine courses per year in the Humanities and Social Sciences, plus .1 FTE service, for a full-time appointment. In the Natural Sciences, the deans decreed a six-course load, plus .1 FTE for service. In all three divisions, adjuncts with a full-time appointment would have to teach an additional course, i.e., ten courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, seven in the Natural Sciences.

The deans have justified this unilateral policy by claiming that five comparator universities currently have workloads similar to CAS’s new annual course load. Recently, Academic Affairs shared the CAS research with us and we were given permission to disseminate the data. This is what they sent:

NTT Workload Spreadsheet

These “data,” however, do not support the proposition that nine course is a standard load for our comparators in the Humanities and Social Sciences, nor is six courses a standard load in the Natural Sciences. The data are incomplete; the sample is small and highly selective; nor does it consider exceptions, such as course releases, in granular detail. Despite even these flaws, the data describe a wide variation: some of the universities chosen by the deans for comparison require nine courses of their non-tenure-track faculty, others don’t; some of those universities have a standard load across all three divisions, but others don’t; some universities standardize, most don’t. The general picture is one of variety, not uniformity. There is no obvious pattern, and to suggest otherwise is misleading at best.

Chris Newfield, “The Price of Privatization”

On Thursday, February 26, Christopher Newfield, Professor of English at UC-Santa Barbara, presented “The Price of Privatization: Faculty Governance — How it Can Be Rebuilt.” Newfield’s lecture was sponsored by United Academics and the Department of Political Science. For a full report, click here.

College of Education Town Hall

On Friday afternoon, March 6, fifteen tenure-track, research, and instructional NTT faculty from the College of Education met with their United Academics assembly representatives and stewards. For a full report, click here.


*The workload CAS set for the Department of Mathematics is eleven and the workload for Instructional Track professors in the American English Institute is 13.5.
Source: Email correspondence between Bruce Blonigen and the associate deans in the College of Arts and Sciences at these comparator institutions during fall 2014, with the exception of UC Santa Barbara, which comes from a published policy to the effect that “at UCSB the normal teaching load for lecturers in the SOE [i.e., security of employment] series is three courses per quarter or an appropriate equivalent.”
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