PSUFA Petition to President Weiwel
Dear President Wiewel, Accord PSU’s adjunct faculty the respect that we deserve! In 2007, adjuncts (represented by the PSUFA union) taught more than 27% of classes at PSU. The share of the courses we teach continues to increase each year. We are disrespected in both the PSUFA contract negotiations and in our individual departments. In our on-going contract negotiations, your administration behaves as if the work of adjunct faculty is incidental and treats us as nothing more that “temp labor”. Across the board, your administration fails to recognize our experience, professionalism and dedication to the mission of PSU. We were recently told by your administration that the multi-term teaching contracts that have been in place for sixteen years, amount to “tenure”. These multi-term contracts provide the only semblance of job security that we have. Our adjunct faculty members maintain professional excellence in our classes with extremely low pay and few rights. Now we are told that multi-term contracts are TENURE All we are asking for is that your administration agrees to a process of evaluation before multi-term contracts are offered. The administration should only terminate an adjunct’s class assignments if the quality of the teaching is sub-standard, or if there are no longer classes available due to low enrollment, or budget cuts. We ask your help in resolving the current contract negotiations with your administration. Please instruct the University’s bargaining team to negotiate in good faith and work to reach a settlement that demonstrates a commitment to a professional corps of adjunct faculty and ensures adequate due process for our employment.