Letter to the Editor: Fordham Must Invest in Faculty

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To The Fordham Ram Editorial Board:

We are Fordham Faculty United, the union elected by over 94 percent of eligible voting Fordham non-tenure track teaching faculty in fall 2017 to address widespread poverty pay, lack of job security, absence of benefits for adjuncts and many other issues. We are writing in response to your article “Cura Personalis Applies to Contingent Faculty.” We are grateful for your support as we embark on our mission to transform Fordham University for all: faculty, students, alumni and staff.

Fordham University prides itself as an institution dedicated to excellence in education and social justice. Yet, Fordham’s administration often undermines the university’s mission by treating the vast majority of its teaching faculty with less consideration than its tenure-track faculty. Through substandard wages, the widespread absence of meaningful benefits and short-term and insecure appointments, Fordham’s administration contributes to, rather than eliminates, income inequality on its campuses. These inequitable teaching conditions strain our ability to provide an excellent education for our students.

We are invested in our students, and we are calling on Fordham’s administration to invest in us. In our negotiations, we are working toward:

  •     Job security through multi-year contracts with clear standards for renewal
  •     Minimum salaries that provide living wages
  •     Clear, meaningful promotional paths
  •     Improved benefits
  •     Professional development opportunities
  •     Access to office space and equipment

Our ultimate goal is a more socially just Fordham that treats its entire faculty respectfully and equitably, thereby enhancing our students’ education and the life of the university. Together, we can do better.

In solidarity,

Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Jay Adler, English, Lecturer

Hannah Allison, Social Work, Adjunct

Mohamed A. Alsiadi, Modern Languages and Literatures, Senior Lecturer/Coordinator

Jonathan Appels, English, Adjunct

Mariko Aratani, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Erin Baer, Social Work, Adjunct

Lynne Moss Bahr, Theology, Lecturer

Roger Ball, Social Work, Adjunct

Paul Bartlett, Natural Sciences/Economics, Adjunct

Julie Beatrice, Social Work, Adjunct

Patricia Belen, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Tina Benko, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Danielle Benoit-Coutard, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Percio Bernal, Social Work, Adjunct

Martha Bial, Social Work, Adjunct

Maria Biskup, Social Work, Adjunct

Marina Blishteyn, English, Adjunct

Tyler Boersen, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

John Bonelli, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Robert Borrero, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Faycal Bouguir, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Patrick Bova, Philosophy, Adjunct

Eugene Bowen, Mathematics, Adjunct

Chris Brandt, English/Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Alicia Brenneis, Social Work, Adjunct

Joshua Bromberg, Mathematics, Lecturer

Lori Brooks, African and African-American Studies, Clinical Assistant Professor

Gabrielle Brown, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Steven Bruso, English, Adjunct

Wayne Brusseau, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Roxia Bullock, Social Work, Adjunct

Martin Burke, Political Science, Adjunct

Maria Natalia Bustos, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Diana Calderazzo, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Stacey Campo, Social Work, Adjunct

Carolyn Carr, Institute for American Languages and Cultures, Adjunct

Asha Castleberry, Political Science, Lecturer

Jonathan Cayer, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Patricia Charles, Social Work, Adjunct

Clarissa Chenovick, English, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Shahrina Chowdhury, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Verena Cimarolli, Social Work, Adjunct

Patricia Cipriani, Natural Sciences, Adjunct

Anna Ciriani-Dean, Institute for American Languages and Cultures, Adjunct

Robert Clark, English, Adjunct

Alfred Clemente, English, Adjunct

Letitia Coburn, Social Work, Adjunct

Joseph Colonna, English, Lecturer

Carolyn Colsant, Philosophy, Adjunct

Cornelia Connors, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Kimberly Consroe, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Christina Cooke, English, Adjunct

Turner G Cowles, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Liz Creel, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Helen M. Crohn, Social Work, Associate Clinical Professor

Humberto Cuen, Philosophy, Adjunct

Giovanna Czander, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Adjunct

Anthony M D’Agostino, English, Adjunct

Amelio D’Onofrio, Graduate School of Education, Clinical Professor

Gregory J. Darling, English, Adjunct

Carlo DaVia, Philosophy, Lecturer

Anne Deger, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Bryan Delaney, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Eva Christina Delius, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Judith Dennis, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Jessica Denzer, English, Adjunct

Ralph DePalo, Social Work, Adjunct

Dickson Despommier, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Diane Detournay, Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Cheikhna Diagana, Mathematics, Adjunct

Ivan Diller, Social Work, Adjunct

Matthew Diner, Social Work, Adjunct

Xinran Dong, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Sebastian Douglas, Social Work, Adjunct

Magda Doyle, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Anthony Durante, Chemistry, Adjunct

Daniel Durkin, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Matthew Eaton, Theology, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Maria Ebner, Modern Languages and Literatures, Senior Lecturer

Jane Edward, African and African-American Studies, Clinical Assistant Professor

Itay Eisinger, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Marcus Elder, Theology, Adjunct

Shamsun Elite, Mathematics, Adjunct

Barat Ellman, Theology, Adjunct

Susan Epstein, Social Work, Adjunct

Kari Evanson, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Susan Fahrenholtz, Natural Sciences, Adjunct

C. Susan Feuerwerger, Social Work, Adjunct

Elisabeth Fink, History, Adjunct

Fariborz Firooznia, Chemistry, Senior Lecturer

Pearl Fisk, Social Work, Adjunct

Ellen Fleysher, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Ashar Foley, Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Mark Frangos, English, Adjunct

Alison Fraser, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Lewis Freeman, Communication and Media Studies, Senior Lecturer

Samantha Fried, Social Work, Adjunct

Dan Furman, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Ricardo Gabriel, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

John Gaffney, English, Adjunct

Goutam Gajula, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Anthony Galluzzo, English, Adjunct

Diane George, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Huda Gerard-Seif, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Yael Gil’Adi, Social Work, Adjunct

Irene Gilman, Institute for American Languages and Cultures, Adjunct

Barbara Gist, Social Work, Adjunct

Germana Giupponi, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Jessica Glass, Social Work, Adjunct

Abby Goldstein, Theatre and Visual Arts, Associate Clinical Professor

Antonia Greco, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Mark Greenfield, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Kathleen Griffiths, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

James Grimaldi, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Wen Gu, Psychology, Adjunct

Edward Guetti, Theology, Adjunct

Samuel Guzzardi, Social Work, Adjunct

Jayati Halder, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Mary G. Hamilton, Natural Sciences, Adjunct

Julie Harazduk, Computer and Information Science, Adjunct

Andrea Haring, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Andrea Harnett-Robinson, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Mary T. Harrington, Social Work, Adjunct

Jalana Harris, Social Work, Adjunct

James Hartman, English, Adjunct

Amelia Hennighausen, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Holly Hepp-Galvan, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Noelia Hernandez-Martinez, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Monica Hobson, Social Work, Adjunct

Judy Hochberg, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Mahlika Hopwood, English, Adjunct

Veronika Horwath, History, Adjunct

Alicia House, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Mark Howell, Social Work, Adjunct

Barbara Immediato, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Brianne Jacobs, Theology, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Erica Jacobs, Natural Sciences, Adjunct

Kristina Jacobs, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Varuni Jamburuthugoda, Biology, Adjunct

Pascale Jean-Noel, Social Work, Adjunct

Dijana Jelaca, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Morgan Jennes, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Jim Jennewein, Communication and Media Studies, Senior Lecturer

Hannah Jopling, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Joshua Jordan, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Jaime Jordan, Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Gregory Jost, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Michael Kadri, Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Rachelle Kammer, Social Work, Associate Clinical Professor

Dalal Kanan, Natural Sciences, Adjunct

Agne Karosaite, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

James R. Kelly, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Bassem Khalil, Biology, Adjunct

Alessandro King, English, Adjunct

David Koch, Social Work, Associate Clinical Professor

Diana Korall Cohen, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Polina Kroik, English, Adjunct

Howard Krukofsky, History, Adjunct

Marin Kurti, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Zhandarka Kurti, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Danijela Kyriakakis, Physics, Adjunct

Dee LaDuke, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Emily Noelle Lambert, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Leo Landrey, Classics, Lecturer

Joseph Lanzone, Social Work, Adjunct

Kathleen La Penta, Modern Languages and Literatures, Senior Lecturer

Susan LaRosa, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Adjunct

Michael Latour, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Ellen Lauter, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Nina Lavlinskaia, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Giorgi Lebanidze, Philosophy, Adjunct

Anna Levy, Institute of International Human Affairs, Adjunct

Arnold Linhardt, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Zigeng Liu, Computer and Information Science, Lecturer

Esther Lomas-Sampedro, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer/Coordinator

Rachel Longa, Philosophy, Adjunct

Deborah Luckett, Natural Sciences, Lecturer

Evangelia-Lydia Manatou, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

María Clara Manavella, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Paulette Mapp, Natural Sciences, Adjunct

Aminata Maraesa, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Walesca Marmolejos, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Katherine Marsengill, Art History, Adjunct

Porsche Martin, Social Work, Adjunct

Lois Martin, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Mila Martynovsky, Mathematics, Adjunct

Reiko Matsuda Goodwin, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Robert McConaghy, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Brendan McInerny, Theology, Adjunct

Sandra McKee, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Alison Mello, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Tony Meneses, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Christopher Menick, Mathematics, Adjunct

Maya Mesola , Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Genisha Metcalf, Social Work, Adjunct

Jenny Meyer, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Desire Miessein, Physics, Lecturer

Emily Miles Smith, Social Work, Adjunct Alexander Mindt, English, Lecturer

Lucie Mingla, Computer and Information Science, Adjunct

Arlene Moliterno, Graduate School of Education, Clinical Professor

Angela Montague, Social Work, Adjunct

John J. Montes , Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Brian J. Mooney, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Cristina Morales Segura, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Evan Morse, Philosophy, Adjunct

MHD Moulayes, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Nora Lester Murad, Institute of International Human Affairs, Adjunct

Jaye Murray, Social Work, Adjunct

Farid Nassif, English, Adjunct

Ronald Nerio, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Lindsay Nickens, Social Work, Adjunct

Mark Nixon, Theology/Economics, Adjunct

Martin Northrop, English, Adjunct

Kamilla Nowicka, Mathematics, Adjunct

Miguel A. Orta, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Riley M. M. Ossorgin, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Amy Pacifici, Social Work, Adjunct

Rosaly Pandolfo, Institute for American Languages and Cultures, Adjunct

George Papadopoulos, Computer and Information Science, Adjunct

Nicholas Parkinson, Art History, Lecturer

Kevin Patrick, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Gary Percesepe, Philosophy, Adjunct

Gerard Perna, Social Work, Adjunct

Christian Perring, Philosophy, Adjunct

Johnathan Pettinato, History, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Michael Plunkett, English, Adjunct

Rachel Pompeii, English, Adjunct

Lea Puljcan Juric, English, Lecturer

Alexis Quinlan, English, Adjunct

Kirk Quinsland, English, Lecturer

Luis Quiros, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Maia Ramnath, History, Adjunct

Jean-Marc Ran Oppenheim, History and Middle East Study Program, Adjunct

Carl Procario-Foley, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Adjunct

Bradley Rettler, Philosophy, Adjunct

Sybille Rinckert-Garcia, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Alison Rivers , Psychology, Adjunct

Guy Robinson, Natural Sciences, Senior Lecturer

Paula Rockwell, English, Adjunct

Steve Romagnoli, English, Adjunct

Patricia Romero, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer/Coordinator

David Ross, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Slaney Ross, English, Adjunct

Vicente Rubio-Pueyo, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Michelle Rufrano, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Roberta Sanjour, Social Work, Adjunct

Arancha Sanz Alvarez, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Kazi Sayeed, Physics, Adjunct

Joshua Schapiro, Theology, Senior Lecturer

Heather Schultz, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Charles Schweikert, Social Work, Coordinator

Allie Scott, Psychology, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Sonia Sehil-Scheindlin, Modern Languages and Literatures, Lecturer

Elizabeth Seidel, Social Work, Adjunct

Justin Shanitkvich, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Jonathan E. Shapiro, English, Adjunct

Summer Sheridan-Zabre, Social Work, Adjunct

Julie Shuchman, Institute for American Languages and Cultures , Adjunct

Scott Shushan, Philosophy, Adjunct

Alex Silverman, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Sheila Singleton , Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Nate Sloan, Music, Adjunct

Rebecca Smart, Psychology, Adjunct

Mel A. Solis, Social Work, Adjunct

Jasmina Sose Selimotic, Psychology, Adjunct

Lori Spector, Social Work, Adjunct

Robert Spiegelman, College at 60, Adjunct

Brent Strang, Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Renata Strashnaya, Psychology, Adjunct

Judith Stuchiner, English, Adjunct

Jyoti Thomas, English, Adjunct

Chad Thralls, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Adjunct

Elisabeth Tiso, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Mohammed Tkachmita, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Kenneth Toback, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

Daniel Tober, Classics, Lecturer

Christine Toner, Social Work, Adjunct

Richard Topol, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Luisita Torregrosa , Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Stephen Claudio Tumino, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Blanca Urizar, Modern Languages and Literatures, Senior Lecturer

Alessia Valfredini, Modern Languages and Literatures, Senior Lecturer

Krisztina Valkaine, English, Adjunct

Eileen Van Buren, Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct

Kara Van Cleaf, Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Ellen Van Wilgenburg, Biology, Lecturer

James Van Wyck, English, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Lunia Vera, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Jack Wagner, Mathematics, Adjunct

Philip Walsh, Philosophy, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Thomas Waters, Political Science, Adjunct

Elizabeth Weiner, Social Work, Faculty Advisor/Adjunct

James Weldon, Gabelli, Lecturer

Antoinette Williams-Tutt, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Karen Williams, Communication and Media Studies, Lecturer

Daniel Willner, Theatre and Visual Arts, Adjunct

Katherine Wilson, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Robert Wilson, Institute for American Languages and Cultures, Adjunct

Patricia Winter, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Jesse Wolf, Mathematics, Adjunct

Richard Wormser, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Jookyung Yoo, Economics, Lecturer

Katia Yurguis, Sociology-Anthropology, Adjunct

Jonathan Zalman, Communication and Media Studies, Adjunct

Alessandro Zammataro, Modern Languages and Literatures, Adjunct

Carlos Zena, Computer and Information Science, Adjunct

Wendy Zencheck, Biology, Lecturer

Kristina Zupnyk, English, Adjunct