Inside Higher Ed
January 12th, 2015
A regular complaint of many adjuncts is that they perform their jobs
well year after year, only to lose them when positions are converted to
the tenure track. When that happens, they report, colleges order
national searches and typically reject the person who has been working
hard on their behalf for years.
Last week, however, the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, the faculty union for the university system, released an arbitrator's decision
ordering the University of Hawaii-West Oahu to rehire a longtime
adjunct into a tenure-track position. University union leaders say the
contract provision on which the arbitrator ruled (and the union's
advocacy on behalf of the adjunct) show that there are concrete
ways unions and colleges can provide more job security to long-term,
successful non-tenure-track faculty members. A statement from the union
called the arbitrator's ruling "historic," and said many other adjuncts
could benefit over time.