Adjunct Professors

Session on Contingent Labor at ACTFL 2017

  • 1.  Session on Contingent Labor at ACTFL 2017

    Posted 10-20-2017 01:12
    Dear colleagues,

    I am writing to invite you to participate in our session on contingent labor. The session is scheduled for Saturday, November 18 from 4-5 PM. While the session is organized in conjunction with the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), I am sure there are quite a few commonalities across languages.
    Panel Description:

    This panel discusses issues that affect teachers of German language, literature, and culture in institutions of higher education who hold non-tenure-track appointments (e.g., salary and benefits, conditions of employment, demographics, participation in departmental and institutional governance, academic freedom, professional development).


    Lynne Carol Tatlock, Washington University

    Ingeborg Walther, Duke University

    Elizabeth Landers, Washington University

    Brooke Kreitinger, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Content and Purpose:

    In order to ensure the quality of German Studies programs, the profession needs to recruit and retain a diverse range of our best students as faculty of German and German linguistics, literature, and culture. The rapid decline of tenure-stream lines in German Studies poses a serious threat to the future of German in the US. Professional organizations, including the MLA, have conducted studies, published statistics, and developed recommendations to improve the conditions of so-called contingent faculty. This session is designed to allow faculty members from a range of institutions to share their experiences with contingent labor in German Studies. What are some of the challenges and opportunities of the continued increased reliance on contingent faculty? How can those with a vested interest in German Studies, namely, faculty, administrators, students, and AATG, contribute to the advocacy efforts for contingent faculty?


    Participants will be able to describe how contingent faculty shape the field of German Studies, the profession, and higher education at large.

    Participants will be able to explain to key stakeholders the specific challenges contingent faculty face.

    Participants will be able to advocate for contingent faculty at their institutions or to advocate for themselves if they are in the position of contingent faculty.

    Strategies for Engagement:

    Presenters will give 10-minute presentations in order to provide information on how they and their institutions are dealing with the issue of contingent faculty and which issues remain to be addressed in the future.

    Presenters and audience will engage in 20-minutes of Q/A in order to share experiences, identify additional issues across different types of institutions, and brainstorm strategies how the profession and AATG can provide support for contingent faculty.

    Susanne Rinner