"I have the great pleasure to teach and learn with students in philosophy and social work courses at McDaniel.  Together, we seek to envision and create the type of communities in which each of us hope to live.  For me, an adjunct union is part of this effort - promoting inclusion, fairness, and democracy.  I've seen the positive impacts of organized action among adjuncts at other schools where I teach, and I hope we can work together - all of us - to realize positive changes at McDaniel.  But this is not just about better working and learning conditions for all at McDaniel College.  Today's graduates enter a working world with more debt and less job security than I did when I graduated from college just 15 years ago.  I see the campaign for an adjunct union at McDaniel as piece of the struggle for an economy that doesn't see workers - or people generally - as contingent. " -Adam Schneider, Philosophy

"I have the great pleasure to teach and learn with students in philosophy and social work courses at McDaniel.  Together, we seek to envision and create the type of communities in which each of us hope to live.  For me, an adjunct union is part of this effort - promoting inclusion, fairness, and democracy.  I've seen the positive impacts of organized action among adjuncts at other schools where I teach, and I hope we can work together - all of us - to realize positive changes at McDaniel.  But this is not just about better working and learning conditions for all at McDaniel College.  Today's graduates enter a working world with more debt and less job security than I did when I graduated from college just 15 years ago.  I see the campaign for an adjunct union at McDaniel as piece of the struggle for an economy that doesn't see workers - or people generally - as contingent."

-Adam Schneider, Philosophy and Social Work

“I am McDaniel. I have been for more than 4 decades. I love McDaniel College and I love my students. I support the McDaniel Adjuncts Union because an inclusive and equitable campus community is the best way to create a fair working environment and to promote the College’s guiding philosophy - “Students First.” 

-Pamela Zappardino, Graduate & Professional Studies and others

“I’m semi-retired, but still need to earn a living.  I have a passion for learning and have loved learning together with McDaniel students in the five years or so I’ve served as an adjunct faculty member here.  The bad deal that adjunct faculty get is not just a McDaniel problem; it’s a national problem.  And it’s not just a problem for adjuncts; it’s a problem for students and the quality of our learning community.  Students have told me that.  Adjuncts around the country have organized and won improvements in their situations.  That benefits learning.  That’s why I believe we need to organize ourselves as a union—with SEIU Local 500-the Coalition of Academic Labor—and become full members of the McDaniel community.”

—Bob Seidel, Philosophy

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

"I teach political science to my students at McDaniel, and we learn about power, interests, human rights and how to solve real world problems. One individual can make a difference, and this is my way of living what I teach. The rights of adjunct faculty on this campus and elsewhere should concern all of us, because the slower we are to recognize them, the more our students' education would be in the balance."

-Julia Lau, Political Science & International Studies

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

"An adjunct faculty union is needed at McDaniel College to provide part-time instructors with a voice in the decisions that affect them. Many adjuncts feel that they work very hard for low pay; do not receive needed support for instruction; and are not informed appropriately about what is happening.  Adjunct instructors teach about half of the curriculum, and personify McDaniel to their students...." continuing reading

-Charles Collyer, Graduate & Professional Studies

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"I support the McDaniel Adjunct Faculty Union because there have been times in history when unionization was the only way to set things right, to alter the course of history, and to change the future. This is the time to re-shape the higher education system in the US and lead the world once more. McDaniel, having more than the national average of adjuncts, should be a leader in this historical moment. We must show the country and the world that we can change lives indeed, and change history for better education and a better tomorrow."

-Edwin Lo, Physics  

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

At McDaniel, I teach Critical Thinking, Social Justice, and Ethics, all of which are vitally important for society.  I develop strong intellectual connections with my students. As such, students ask me to advise them with thesis projects and to serve as faculty adviser for student groups, but the college does not allow adjunct instructors to undertake such roles.  I do research, get published, and attend conferences, but there is no research or professional travel money for adjuncts. Further, the adjunct pay is desperately low, and benefits are non-existent. We work many more hours than superficially assumed. As much as I love my students, I am not sure that I can continue teaching as an adjunct while not receiving a livable wage.  Adjuncts deserve much better! We deserve fair pay, health benefits, and a chance to more fully participate in the campus community. 

-Martha Lang, Philosophy

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

I Support the Adjunct Faculty Union!

I’ve been an adjunct at many different colleges and universities, which includes being an adjunct here at McDaniel College for many years. I teach Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  I enjoy teaching and I love the atmosphere at McDaniel College and I do have McDaniel Pride, but unfortunately I don’t believe I am a part of the McDaniel community, even though I teach courses, prepare classes and engage in academic endeavors as any other faculty member, I feel as though I am a ‘second class citizen’. I support the Adjunct Union because I believe McDaniel College is not willing to give adjuncts a sense of belonging to the academic community, or financial security or benefits that adjuncts sorely need.  I would like to become an adjunct that does count at McDaniel College and I believe that we can change this by forming a union, which will help change our lives here at the college.

-Frances A Rosenzweig, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

In the fall semester of 2009, I began teaching at McDaniel,after having taught Spanish for Montgomery County Public Schools for 35 years. When I left MCPS, I was head of my department and was responsible for supervising many of the Advanced Placement programs, as well as the exchange programs. I believe that I brought to McDaniel a plethora of skills. In the past six years, I have put forth continuous effort to improve the program in which I now teach. 

I am disappointed that throughout these six years the remuneration for my efforts has been NIL. I strongly feel that this institution completely ignores adjuncts.  While some departments are more supportive than others, there are never any signs of appreciation from the administration for the contributions that McDaniel adjuncts make to the college. No formal recognition nor incentives are given when an adjunct has worked five years or more. To me, it would seem that the fifth year would mark a significant milestone in my service to McDaniel College.

It is counterproductive for an educational institution to have a completely different set of job security or benefits only for full time employees, while other academic professionals such as the adjuncts are totally exploited year after year. This debases the many talents and contributions that adjuncts bring to the collective success of the college. One gets the feeling that McDaniel is interested only in having "warm bodies" teaching courses, instead of attracting the best qualified candidates.

Therefore, in solidarity with my co-adjuncts, I support forming a union.  

-Guillermo Gonzalez, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

I want a voice at the table and most importantly the ears of the administration who listen to my voice. I don’t want to be a ghost who shows up to teach a class and then disappears. I want the best for my students which means I have ideas to share to make McDaniel better. I also want transparency so I know my financial compensation is fair an on par with my peers.

-Walter Calahan, Art and Art History Department