Joining the club: The role of national organizations in contingency advocacy
Members of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession — Mary-Beth Brophy, Veronica Popp, and William Christopher Brown — will lead a roundtable discussion of the role that membership in national organizations can play in helping contingent faculty gain agency in our working conditions. Topics for discussion include hidden labor, right to work and at-will laws, and the unique challenges faced by online contingent faculty.
The panel title plays on the connotation of “join the club” as an indicator that we are together in facing similar challenges, as well as a literal interpretation that it is valuable to join organizations that unite people with shared interests. One challenge that contingent faculty members face is a diminished sense of connection with their home institutions (Kezar, 2012, p. xi), and national memberships can help mitigate that sense. Attendees are encouraged to bring your own questions and concerns for discussion by panelists and other contingent faculty.
Kezar, A. (2012). Preface. In Adrianna Kezar (Ed.), Embracing non-tenure track faculty: Changing campuses for the new faculty majority. New York & London: Routledge.
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