Date(s) - 11/15/17
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Would you want a geologist teaching your writing course?
Join us on Wednesday, November 15th, outside the Administration and Humanities buildings, to rally together to save the adjunct jobs in Stony Brook University’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric.
To cap off the rally, we’ll hand deliver our petition and all the student testimonials we’ve received about the important work Writing Adjuncts contribute to the University to President Stanley.
President Stanley announced a budget deficit of around $35 million dollars. As a result, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric Program has been told that there is a “zero budget” for adjuncts for the spring semester and possibly beyond. 20 adjuncts have already been served their walking papers – nearly half the program! Our university’s most vulnerable members, often after years of extra service beyond their job description (particularly, mentorship of students) and promises of advancement opportunities (including full time job openings that were pulled back), are being punished for administrative risk, incompetence, and mismanagement.
These job cuts are not necessary. Chairs around campus have offered to keep vacant faculty spots open or to suspend searches to help with the budget issues in the College of Arts and Sciences but these, and other offers, have been declined.
This action threatens the quality of education at Stony Brook:
PWR adjuncts will be replaced by instructors in unrelated fields, such as geology and pharmacology.
WRT sections will be cut and course caps raised to 24
Upper-division writing courses will be limited to 5 sections in Spring 2018
We need your help! The Dean has declared that negotiations are over, but we can save these jobs! Help us send a message to the administration that PWR adjuncts are essential!
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