GWUFA demands fair treatment for contract faculty–Member Action Items

11 May 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Two weeks ago we sent a letter to Provost Blake, asking whether he would extend the same automatic extensions to contract faculty that GW has given to tenure track faculty. We have not yet received a response, and we will continue to press him, especially now that the administration is considering “benefit reductions, early retirement options, furloughs, or layoffs; reorganizations; and reductions in purchased services, travel, and training, among others”

In the meantime, more than 2600 academics across 18 countries and from over 500 institutions have pledged to decline invitations from institutions that have extended tenure clocks for tenure-track faculty but have not also offered one-year extensions for NTT teachers and graduate students.

George Washington University is already on the list of institutions to be boycotted.

GWUFA is writing today with two asks: 

1) We hope that you will take the time to read and sign the Covid-19 Academic Solidarity Statement. It is a pledge not to accept any invitations for the 2020-1 academic year from institutions that have extended tenure clocks for tenure-track faculty, but have not also offered one-year extensions for non-tenure-track teachers and graduate students. 

2) Let GW know that contract faculty and graduate students deserve the same accommodations as TT faculty. On May 8th, Kimberly Gross sent a survey designed to assess faculty experience of teaching online this spring and crowdsource existing needs for the fall. If you have not already completed the survey, please consider including the following text in the box asking “What should the dean’s office be thinking about?” 

In addition to providing the technological support and trainings that this survey focused on, it is imperative that the University prioritize equitable treatment in its response to the pandemic. One simple way that the University can do this is by granting one-year extensions to contract faculty and graduate students, just as it has done for tenure-track faculty. GW is currently being boycotted by a list of prominent academics and public intellectuals because it has refused to make this accommodation. The best way the University can support the exceptional circumstances in the fall is by ensuring a fair and equitable workplace for myself and my colleagues.”  The GWU Faculty Association stands with our colleagues at GW and around the world in demanding fair treatment for all faculty, no matter how administrators choose to categorize us.

In solidarity,

The GWU Faculty Association Steering Committee

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GWUFA is a grass-roots, faculty-run organization and has no official relation to the university administration or the Faculty Senate.

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