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One of the most significant trends in American higher education over the last decade has been the shift in faculty employment from tenured to contingent. Now upwards of 75% of faculty jobs are non-tenure track; two decades ago that figure was 25%. One of the results of this shift—along with the related degradation of pay, benefits, and working conditions—has been a new push to unionize adjunct professors, spawning a national labor movement. Professors in the Gig Economy is the first book to address the causes, processes, and outcomes of these efforts. Kim Tolley brings together scholars of education, labor history, economics, religious studies, and law, all of whom have been involved with unionization at public and private colleges and universities. Their essays and case studies address the following questions: Why have colleges and universities come to rely so heavily on contingent faculty? How have federal and state laws influenced efforts to unionize? What happens after unionization—how has collective bargaining affected institutional policies, shared governance, and relations between part-time and full-time faculty? And finally, how have unionization efforts shaped the teaching and learning that happens on campus? Bringing substantial research and historical context to bear on the cost and benefit questions of contingent labor on campus, Professors in the Gig Economy will resonate with general readers, scholars, students, higher education professionals, and faculty interested in unionization. Contributors: A. J. Angulo, Timothy Reese Cain, Elizabeth K. Davenport, Marianne Delaporte, Tom DePaola, Kristen Edwards, Luke Elliott-Negri, Kim Geron, Lorenzo Giachetti, Shawn Gilmore, Adrianna Kezar, Joseph A. McCartin, Gretchen M. Reevy, Gregory M. Saltzman, Kim Tolley, Nicholas M. Wertsch

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Part I. The Changing Academic Workforce: Influences and Outcomes
  1. 1. From Golden Era to Gig Economy: Changing Contexts for Academic Labor in America
  2. A. J. Angulo
  3. pp. 3-26
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  1. 2. Understanding the Need for Unions: Contingent Faculty Working Conditions and the Relationship to Student Learning
  2. Adrianna Kezar and Tom DePaola
  3. pp. 27-45
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  1. 3. A Long History of Activism and Organizing: Contingent Faculty, Graduate Students, and Unionization
  2. Timothy Reese Cain
  3. pp. 46-68
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  1. 4. Union Organizing and the Law: Contingent Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants
  2. Gregory M. Saltzman
  3. pp. 69-84
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  1. Part II. The Changing Academic Workforce
  1. 5. A Just Employment Approach to Adjunct Unionization: The Georgetown Model
  2. Nicholas M. Wertsch and Joseph A. McCartin
  3. pp. 87-103
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  1. 6. Unionizing Adjunct and Tenure-Track Faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University
  2. Kim Tolley, Marianne Delaporte, and Lorenzo Giachetti
  3. pp. 104-122
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  1. 7. Unions, Shared Governance, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  2. Elizabeth K. Davenport
  3. pp. 123-138
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  1. 8. Forming a Union: The Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition, Local 6546 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  2. Shawn Gilmore
  3. pp. 139-152
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  1. 9. Wall to Wall: Industrial Unionism at the City University of New York, 1972–2017
  2. Luke Elliott-Negri
  3. pp. 153-171
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  1. 10. California State University, East Bay: Alignment of Contingent and Tenure-Track Faculty Interests and Goals
  2. Kim Geron and Gretchen M. Reevy
  3. pp. 172-186
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  1. Conclusion: Reflections on the Possibilities and Limitations of Collective Bargaining
  2. Kim Tolley and Kristen Edwards
  3. pp. 187-202
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 207-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-219
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