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Academic Freedom, Contingent Faculty, & Social Rectitude. D. Austin Bingler. Introduction. C ontingent faculty: between ⅔ and ¾ of instructional faculty. S uccessful completion of collective bargaining

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Academic freedom contingent faculty social rectitude

Academic Freedom, Contingent Faculty, & Social Rectitude

D. Austin Bingler


Introduction

Introduction

  • Contingent faculty: between⅔ and ¾of instructional faculty.

  • Successful completion of collective bargaining

  • The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines academic freedom as, “freedom to teach or learn without interference (as by government officials),”

    • (“Academic Freedom,” 2011).

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Research gap

Research Gap

  • What about contingent faculty in states that do not allow collective bargaining?

  • Qualitative research is not abundant when it comes to the 5 states that do not allow collective bargaining.

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Research questions

Research Questions

  • How do contingent faculty members at a mid-sized Virginia public university, who are also subject to a prohibition on collective bargaining, feel regarding their personal and professional academic freedom?

  • Do the contingent faculty members at a mid-sized Virginia public university, who are also subject to a prohibition on collective bargaining, feel their position and treatment within a public institution is socially unjust?

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Significance

Significance

  • Expand current knowledge base on contingent faculty in collective bargaining prohibited states.

  • Give rise to more resources for contingent faculty in collective bargaining prohibited states.

  • Raise awareness of the issues surrounding contingent faculty in collective bargaining prohibited states.

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Literature review

Literature Review

  • Academic Freedom

    • Historic threats

    • Current threats

  • Contingent Faculty

    • Development of the majority

    • The majority at present

  • Collective Bargaining & Social Rectitude

    • Collective bargaining outside VA, NC, SC, GA, & TX

      • CA Specifically

    • Steps towards social rectitude

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Conceptual framework

Conceptual Framework

Conflict Theory


Data collection

Data Collection

  • Data will be collected through an anonymous, online survey tool, qualtrics.

  • Email with survey link will be sent to entire campus, since contingent faculty span many different contexts.

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Proposed data analysis

Proposed data analysis

  • NVIVO 9 will be used to analyze themes in the qualitative data collected.

  • NVIVO 9 helps to identify thematic data and show connections which may otherwise be lost through general qualitative analysis.

  • Quantitative data will be analyzed through the provided tools in qualtrics.

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Expected results

Expected results

  • Results are expected to show themes of frustration and under-representation.

  • Also desires for the formation of on-campus and off campus groups to advocate for the desires and needs of contingent faculty members.


Contribution to field

Contribution to field

  • Contribute to the research gap that exists pertaining to contingent faculty in states that prohibit collective bargaining.

  • Important because:

    • Non-existent information regarding contingent faculty members collective bargaining prohibited states.

    • Connecting those in collective bargaining states with those who are not.

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Limitations

limitations

  • Limited to one state.

  • Non-willingness to respond due to status.

  • Time & Funding.

  • Generally not a popular issue.

  • Current economic issues.

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Timeline

Timeline


Contingency plan

Contingency Plan

  • If there are not enough respondents from JMU, I plan to also survey EMU and BC.

  • If the second two still do not provide enough respondents I plan to expand to UMW and VCU.

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