Student Voice: Casey Stanton, Divinity School

Student Voice: Casey Stanton, Divinity School

Casey Stanton, a student at the Divinity School, says why she supports Duke Teaching First:

I was encouraged that the Divinity School General Student Body Meeting voted unanimously to endorse our contingent faculty who are forming a union. The campaign to raise standards on our campus will benefit all faculty and students.

Earlier in the Fall, the General Student Body of Duke Divinity School voted unanimously to endorse the campaign.

Are you a current undergraduate student, graduate student, or alum? Sign a statement of support for Duke faculty …

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What to expect from administrators—from faculty who have formed unions already

What to expect from administrators—from faculty who have formed unions already

Since 37,000 faculty have already voted to form their union with SEIU Faculty Forward, we know what to expect from the administration.

For one, John Barry, a faculty member from the Maryland Institute College of Art, suggests taking Provost Sally Kornbluth at her word: Faculty should take union efforts seriously. “Duke’s Provost suggests that all faculty should study the ‘implications’ of union representation carefully,” he says. “They should take her advice and go straight to the source. There are plenty of unionized contingent faculty across the country—myself …

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Faculty Story: Andrea Scapolo, Italian

Faculty Story: Andrea Scapolo, Italian

Since 2010, I’ve worked at Duke as a non-tenure track faculty member. I consider myself blessed to teach Italian language and culture to bright and committed students, and I’m proud to collaborate with some of the finest faculty in the country.

I decided to join Duke Teaching First in order to protect and improve the quality of teaching and learning for my students. I’m concerned about the future of higher education in our country, and I know that we can only turn it around it we …

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US Rep. Scott Peters supports Duke Teaching First

US Rep. Scott Peters supports Duke Teaching First

U.S. Representative Scott H. Peters, a Duke alum and parent of two Duke students, wrote to President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth expressing his support for Duke Teaching First and calling for neutrality from the administration:

At Duke University and at campuses from coast to coast, contingent faculty members are an integral part of higher education today. They now teach a majority of college courses, and help prepare the next generation to actively participate in our democracy and our economy.

As an alumnus of Duke University, I was …

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Faculty diversity: An argument for a faculty union

Faculty diversity: An argument for a faculty union

What does faculty diversity have to do with our effort to form a union?

Zoe Willingham, a Trinity junior and the President of Duke United Students Against Sweatshops, explains in the Chronicle:

“[P]rofessors of color are more likely to be underpaid and experience job insecurity at Duke. Minority professors are more likely to be contingent faculty, non-tenure-track faculty that work without benefits or long term employment contracts. 54 percent of Hispanic faculty, 54 percent of Asian faculty and 52 percent of African American faculty are non-tenure track, …

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Meeting with Representative Price

Meeting with Representative Price

On November 13, leaders of Duke Teaching First, alongside tenure-track and graduate student allies, met with U.S. Congressman David Price. We talked about the campaign to raise standards for faculty and students at Duke—and at institutions of higher education across the country.

We look forward to continuing to talk to our elected officials about contingent teaching standards and the new faculty majority.

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How we graded Duke’s “One-to-One” website

How we graded Duke’s “One-to-One” website

As professors, we’re trained to look for inaccuracies and correct biased information when our students turn in assignments. Sometimes, we even have to evaluate what our colleagues publish. So when we saw the administration’s new “One-to-One” website, we felt compelled to do just that: review it and make sure it provides unbiased and accurate information.

For example, we know that when we form our union, your relationship with your direct supervisor, provost or dean, is up to you and them. Our contract will set a floor, …

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Fact of the Week: Faculty salaries stagnant while administrators earn millions

Fact of the Week: Faculty salaries stagnant while administrators earn millions

Faculty salaries have stagnated while top administrative compensation is over $1 million.

From 2009 to 2013, the average pay for non tenure-track lecturers at Duke has been stagnant. (1)
In 2012, President Richard Brodhead received a total compensation package of $1.1 million, and the average pay for the 10 highest paid employees was $2.49 million. (2)(3)

Sources:
1) Analysis of IPEDS data on average lecturer annual pay for 2012-2013 and 2008-2009. Average annual pay for lecturers decreased 0.2% during this time, resulting in a static average salary during this time frame. See …

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Faculty join national movement at symposium

Faculty join national movement at symposium

On Saturday, dozens of Duke contingent faculty joined with faculty from across the state in Raleigh for the North Carolina Faculty Symposium. Read the full press release below:

North Carolina Faculty Join National SEIU/Faculty Movement at Symposium

Statewide event comes during landmark faculty union campaign at Duke and a day after UNC President is named.

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Saturday, over 100 faculty from North Carolina colleges and universities across the state met in Raleigh to discuss the future of higher education in the state and how …

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SEIU President meets Duke Teaching First leaders

SEIU President meets Duke Teaching First leaders

On Friday, October 9, members of the Duke Teaching First organizing committee met with SEIU president Mary Kay Henry along with a dozen contingent faculty from Appalachian State University, East Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and UNC–Chapel Hill.

The event—which was a valuable opportunity to share experiences, build connections, and re-energize—confirmed SEIU-Faculty Forward’s support of Duke Teaching First and the solidarity of institutions of higher education across the state.

 

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