Northern splits adjunct faculty pay without telling them

The Northern Issue

Adjunct faculty members at Northern New Mexico College were very surprised when they saw their first summer pay stub this past week.

“My first paycheck for the summer was shorted by a third,” Northern adjunct instructor J.B. Moore wrote in an email. “I had no idea — I hadn’t checked my payroll stub yet when a colleague told me I’d better, because others’ pay had been cut. There was no advance warning that this was going to happen. I was stunned.”

Typically, adjunct faculty sign a contract before they begin teaching and they are paid in four equal installments throughout the summer for classes they teach. That is what Northern did last year.

This summer, however, Northern split the single contract into two separate contracts.

This happened to Miranda Merklein, another Northern adjunct faculty member. Merklein signed a contract to teach one three-unit English composition class this summer, and she…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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