The Two-Tier Faculty System: Is It Here To Stay?
Lecture | April 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 402 Barrows Hall
Dan Clawson, Professor, U Mass, Amherst
Berkeley Faculty Association, UC-AFT, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Employers everywhere use two-tier employment systems to divide employees, to avoid confronting the power of established workers with privileges, and to create a wedge that, over a period of years, destroys the conditions for all workers in the category. In todays university this has meant, above all, the emergence of a tenure-system and non-tenure-system of employment. This has been an effective employer strategy, driven by the defunding of public higher education, and de facto accepted by a large majority of tenure-system faculty, even those who are progressive. In some universities, however, faculty have joined forces to develop effective strategies to combat this trend. Dan Clawson will analyze the conditions that made such an alliance between tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty possible at UMass, Amherst.