A new association is lobbying for better benefits and bargaining rights for part-time faculty at Ohio’s public universities.
The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association also wants to boost pay for these adjunct professors, who make up about two-thirds of the state’s public university faculty.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported Thursday that Youngstown State University has the most part-time faculty, while the University of Akron has more than 1,000 part-time professors.
Yvonne Bruce, a member of the part-time faculty association and a senior lecture in English at the University of Akron, tells the paper that many administrators don’t understand the burden that part-time faculty face.
The association supports proposed legislation in the General Assembly that would allow part-time faculty and graduate students the right to collective bargaining.
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