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Maria Maisto to Speak at Campus Equity Week Events, October 28-November 1, CSU-Fort Collins

October 19, 2013

Maria Maisto, President and Executive Director of the New Faculty Majority, will be a featured guest for events to be held at Colorado State University- Fort Collins to observe Campus Equity Week October 28-November 1, 2013.  These events focus on the role of adjunct faculty at the university. They are sponsored by CSU’s Department of Economics and The Institute for Learning and Teaching.


As universities have come to rely on faculty who work off the tenure-track to teach undergraduate courses, disparities in working conditions and compensation have moved adjunct or contingent faculty to advocate for reforms. These events encourage those efforts.

Maisto will participate in an all-university colloquium Monday, October 28th, from 2-4 p.m. in the Morgan Library Event Center.  She will meet with members of the CSU Adjunct faculty to brainstorm strategies for meeting President Frank’s 2013 initiative of “Creating an Exceptional Environment for Adjunct Faculty.” The workshop will be held Monday, October 28th, from 4-5 in the Morgan Library Event Center.  Maisto will also meet with CSU President Tony Frank and other administrators following the Adjunct faculty workshop and prior to attending an organic theater production, “Contingency: A Crisis of Teaching and Learning” scheduled for Monday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. in TILT 221.

Additional Campus Equity Week Activities include a College of Liberal Arts Adjunction Faculty Committee Informational Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th, 5-6 p.m. in the Lory Student Center rooms 220/222.  A “Plaza Chalk Followed by Chalk Talk” event  featuring student involvement is scheduled for Thursday, October 31st, from 11:20-12:15. During this event students will work in groups to address the topic of Academic Freedom in a Democratic Society, an issue of serious concern for non-tenure track faculty. Brainstorming in the Morgan Library Event Center will lead to final statements chalked on the Lory Student Center Plaza. Subsequent classes will engage in “chalk-talk” discussions in the Morgan Library Event Center from 12:15-4:00.

New Faculty Majority is a national non-profit organization founded in 2009 to improve higher education by “engaging in education and advocacy to provide economic justice and academic equity for all college faculty.” Its efforts concentrate on adjunct or contingent faculty, who hold positions off the tenure-track that colleges and universities have increasingly turned to for undergraduate instruction.  Maisto, an adjunct English instructor in Ohio, helped found and currently directs both NFM and its affiliated Foundation. Her keynote will discuss “NFM’s approach to advocacy and activism on behalf of adjuncts, explaining how it builds on and differs from what has gone before, what NFM has learned in its short existence, and where NFM is going in its work.”

Contacts: Laura Thomas at 970-988-9714, Sue Doe 970-222-3728, or Natalie Barnes 970-491-7735.

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