Our AFC is Fully Constituted and Moving Toward the Fall Forum!
The Adjunct Faculty Council (AFC) has just filled the five seats that were opened this fall. All schools now have representation on the AFC but for the Dougherty Family College, which will secure a seat when eligibility requirements are met.
It is important to know that each fall and spring we host an Adjunct Faculty Forum. Dr. Sullivan and the Provosts will join us FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 12:30-1:45, in ASC 366-367 for the Adjunct Faculty Fall Forum. ALL ARE WELCOME! Please look in your email in-box for a link to a survey that will help us identify the issues you would like to bring up during the Forum. Please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use our "Contact Us" page if you plan to attend. A light lunch will be provided.
The origin and development of the AFC displays a positive relationship of adjunct faculty with the Administration and non-adjunct faculty. The Council was formed after the adjunct faculty at St. Thomas rejected a union proposal 136-84 in July of 2014. An Adjunct Task Force wrote the current bylaws and set the first elections in motion. This level of activity among adjunct faculty and the wider university is unique to UST. Current. the AFC is made up of 22 adjunct faculty members elected to serve 2-year terms
Since the spring of 2015, the AFC has met once each month during the academic year to address matters of concern to adjunct faculty and to foster communication and collaboration among them. The AFC has worked hard to increase the role of adjunct faculty in UST governing bodies and to improve compensation and benefits for all adjunct faculty in every school/college. An Adjunct Faculty Resource Guide was produced and is now incorporated into the larger Faculty Resource Guide. Adjunct faculty members have been elected to the Faculty Senate, as well as appointed to both faculty and university committees. Faculty Development Grants have also been awarded, and fall and spring forums have been held in an attempt to involve all adjunct faculty.
The AFC invites all adjuncts at the University of St. Thomas to participate by: running for an AFC seat, representing adjunct faculty on the Faculty Senate, or sitting on faculty and university seats. You may also attend all AFC meetings regardless of your status. Just let us know ahead of time by using the "Contact Us" page. Please join us in the continued effort toward opportunity and enrichment!
For further information about the AFC, please consult the bylaws of the Council on the this website under Adjunct Faculty Governance or www.stthomas.edu/adjunctcouncil