Adjunct Faculty at St. Joseph’s University Take Steps Toward Organizing

November 13, 2012

They're not quite a union - not yet, and maybe not ever, but the adjunct faculty at St. Joseph's University are beginning to act like one. They have formed a group, held meetings with the university administration, and managed to win a pay raise along with a handful of professional perks important to academics. "We've made a lot of noise, and we are in the process of making a lot of noise, and I'm making a lot of noise myself," said Caroline Meline, an instructor in the philosophy department who earns $3,780 per three-credit course. That's top scale, because of her doctorate's degree. It's also a raise, from $3,500, before the "noise."

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