Hello Fellow Adjuncts,
We hope your year is going well. RAFO would like to offer you an opportunity for your continuing professional development. If you are attending a workshop, conference, seminar to learn new skills, or presenting at a conference, RAFO has a mini-grant available to help you defray your expenses.
Review the application form and fill out the information requested. We are accepting applications from now until March 16 for the Spring term. All proposals will be reviewed by the professional development committee, and you will be notified if your application is approved and the amount that will be provided.
If you have any questions about the form or the grant itself, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ami Hicks, Ed.D.
RAFO, Professional Development
As a part of the RAFO Contract, the Executive Committee meets with President Ali and Provost Lois Becker once a semester to discuss the ongoing progress and changes at the university in regard to the adjunct faculty and our union membership. Here are the main takeaways from our December 18 meeting with the President.
- The “new normal” incoming freshman classes will hover between 350 – 400 students with the greater emphasis on bringing in transfer and graduate students rather than larger freshman classes.
- With an increase in transfer students, more evening and weekend classes will be available for adjunct faculty to teach in the upcoming terms.
- Harper Community College opened a University Center on their campus which will house programs from three universities including Roosevelt. Some of the programs Roosevelt University will be offering at Harper’s University Center include Health Science Administration and Criminal Justice with room to grow other programs in correlation with the Harper College general education requirements. Adjunct faculty members will be asked to teach these courses onsite at Harper. The next steps for RU will be to implement similar programs at College of DuPage, Oakton Community College, and Lake County College.
- Changes to the general education requirements are reducing the ACP courses by two and thus, increasing the electives in other academic areas like philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences.
- Roosevelt University is completing the final stages of moving programs and offices from the Gage Building so the property can be sold. These profits will be used to lower the overall debt of the university.
Jen Wilson, Vice President
From Chris Broniak, Membership Chair
A new adjunct asks why the bargaining agreement between Roosevelt University and Roosevelt’s Adjunct Faculty Organization (RAFO) forces adjuncts to join the union. Just to be clear: RAFO doesn't force anyone to do anything they don't want to do. Some adjuncts choose not to join our organization - but they also understand that they will not be eligible to teach more than a second course at Roosevelt if they do not at least complete the paperwork needed by the end of their second term of teaching.
My experience has been that many of the new adjuncts who object to joining our part time faculty union more often than not have a full time non-academic job outside of teaching at Roosevelt. Now when your company respects you and the work you do, you don’t need a union. But adjuncts who don’t have a full time job, who patch together part time teaching at two or three or more area colleges and universities, without the benefits of a full time job, need an organization that “forces” their employer to respect them and what they do. That’s where RAFO comes in.
You most likely won’t notice the respect our bargaining agreement earns its members until you see that Roosevelt’s compensation for an adjunct's first term is a little less than 60% of what RAFO members earn for a course after they’ve completed their first term with the union. The compensation schedule for RAFO adjuncts can be found in Appendix A of RAFO's current bargaining agreement.
The increase in compensation more than offsets the cost of membership dues. If you read closely through the current contract, you’ll see that RAFO has gained other professional rights and opportunities for its members.
If you haven’t already signed up with RAFO, I hope you’ll sign up with us. The benefits of belonging to RAFO far outweigh its costs. Feel free to contact me or any of RAFO’s officers for any further information you may need. We appreciate your interest.
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