A Working Model for Contingent Faculty

By Robert Samuels
Copy edited by Karen P. Peirce. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverIn A Working Model for Contingent Faculty, Robert Samuels offers an outline of fair and effective practices for improving the working conditions of faculty in precarious positions. Drawing on more than twenty years of union activism and university teaching, Samuels examines programs, policies, and practices that work for non-tenure-track faculty in the University of California system. His detailed analysis of facts on the ground offers a foundation upon which faculty in contingent positions can build arguments for improved working conditions. Throughout the book, Samuels focuses on the central issues of academic freedom, job security, compensation, shared governance, evaluation and promotion, benefits, and dispute resolution as well as critical but less often addressed concerns such as funding for professional development family leave policies, technology training, and summer teaching. A Working Model, as a result, offers resources that can support progress well beyond the University of California system.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Effective Practices and Policies for Contingent Faculty

Chapter 3. Organizing for Change

Chapter 4. Countering Prejudices

Chapter 5. Tenure for the Contingent?

Chapter 6. Conclusion: Fighting for a Democratic Workplace at the Gig Academy

Works Cited

About the Author

Robert Samuels teaches writing at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is the author of 18 books, including Teaching Writing, Rhetoric, and Reason at the Globalizing University and The Politics of Writing Studies. He is the former president of UC-AFT, a union representing contingent faculty in the University of California system.

Publication Information: Samuels, Robert. (2023). A Working Model for Contingent Faculty. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado. https://doi.org/10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1763

Digital Publication Date: January 2, 2023
Print Publication Date: September 2023

ISBN: 978-1-64215-176-3 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-177-0 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-396-5 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2023.1763

Contact Information:
Robert Samuels: bobsamuels_us@yahoo.com

Precarity & Contingency

Series Editors: Seth Kahn, West Chester University, and Sue Doe, Colorado State University

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