Author: Calvin S.


Last night our colleague, friend, and comrade, Kristofer Petersen-Overton was reappointed to his adjunct position in the political science department at Brooklyn College. This is a victory for academic freedom. As of now the rally/protest scheduled for Thursday will now be a victory party!

See the announcement below by president of Brooklyn College, Karen Gould:

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Over the past several days, as a result of a provostial decision about an adjunct appointment, Brooklyn College has been thrust into a debate about academic freedom. This debate has been fueled at times by inflammatory rhetoric and mischaracterization of the facts. It is unfortunate that matters of utmost importance to our college community can be so rapidly co-opted by those with a political agenda and distorted by the media.

I stand united with you: We must never allow decisions about our students’ education to be swayed by outside influence. In the matter at hand, this certainly has not been the case. On behalf of every member of this institution, I reaffirm our steadfast commitment to the principles of academic freedom, faculty governance, and standards of excellence.

Today, the Department of Political Science and its appointments committee voted unanimously to recommend Kristofer Petersen-Overton to teach a graduate course on the Middle East. Based on information that has come to light, they are confident he has sufficient depth of knowledge and the intellectual capacity to successfully lead a graduate seminar. The provost now supports their recommendation, and I am in full agreement.

Brooklyn College continues to have a strong commitment to academic freedom. As one of the most diverse campuses in the United States, we value civil discourse on even the most difficult topics. We believe that open, substantive dialogue between those with different points of view is an essential component of a 21st-century education.

Equally essential are academic standards that ensure an excellent education for all students at all levels. During this calendar year, we will work together as faculty and administrators to ensure that our graduate programs are of the highest caliber.

It is now time for us to come together as a community and welcome Mr. Petersen-Overton to Brooklyn College. We wish him and his students a productive, rewarding semester of graduate study.



Karen L. Gould

What to do about late pay

Good afternoon fellow adjuncts! With the spring 2011 semester upon us, it is sad but true that some of us might receive our first paycheck (Feb 10) late. As something that is the norm rather than the exception, many adjuncts and others do not receive their checks on time. Below is a short guideline that one should follow if they do not receive a check on time:

1. Make sure your department has submitted your paperwork to the Human Resources at the school you are teaching.

2. If paperwork has been submitted to H.R. follow-up with them to make sure all of your paperwork has been processed and submitted on time.

3. If your paper work has been submitted and processed through H.R. check with Payroll to make sure they received all the necessary paperwork.

If all three of these things are completed and you have still not received a pay check, you should contact your PSC chapter representative:

You can also contact the Adjunct Project:

Good luck everyone with a new semester!


Please join us tomorrow for the last AP meeting of the semester!

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 2nd at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Room 5414 (GC)

•Find out about the PSC’s proposed bargaining agenda and how we can mobilize for the upcoming contract campaign
•Share ideas about increasing AP membership and involvement
•Learn about changes in the Adjunct Project
•Hear about an upcoming NYSHIP forum

We will also discuss the situation at Baruch (adjunct layoffs and jumbo class creation), organizing against that, and also around the budget cuts and recently-approved tuition hike.

Come to celebrate all your hard work this semester (there will be pizza, snacks, and beverages)!

Thanks–hope to see you there!

November 4th Meeting! Important!

Come one COME ALL!!! This Thursday night at 630 pm at 61 broadway, nyc, the PSC union will decide on contract demands to take to the bargaining table with CUNY.

It is important to attend and show your support! Come in solidarity by wearing a T-Shirt (contact The Adjunct Project for one).

Hope to see you all there!

PSC Local Chapter Meetings

The PSC, our union, has local chapter meetings at each CUNY campus throughout the school year. As an Adjunct, it is important to attend the local meetings, particularly at the campus(es) you teach! The Adjunct Project is compiling a list of all CUNY chapter local PSC meetings. This is meant for Adjuncts and other CUNY staff to find easily and accessible for date, time, and location. In the crucial contract negotiations only a few weeks away, it is important to attend these local meetings.

Below is the list of local chapter meetings we have thus far from CUNY campuses.  The meetings in italics are upcoming and very important because of the November 4 contract negioations.


  • Chapter Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 21, 12:30 pm, Library Building H763
  • Chapter Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 9 12:30 pm, Library Building H763
  • Chapter Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 17 12:30 pm, Library Building H763
  • Chapter Meeting, Thursday, March 24, 12:30 pm, Library Building H763
  • Chapter Meeting, Thursday, May 11, 12:30 pm, Library Building H763


  • Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2 pm, N 404
  • Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2 pm, N 404
  • Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2 pm, N 404


  • Chapter Meeting, Tuesday, Oct.12, 12:15 pm, MR-4 (Marshak)
  • Chapter Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12:15 pm, MR-4 (Marshak)
  • Chapter Meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 12:15 pm, MR-4 (Marshak)

Medgar Evers

  • Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11:30 am, Lecture Hall, Room 122-S
  • Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 11:30 am, Lecture Hall, Room 122-S
  • Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 11:30 am, Presidential Conf. Ctr.


  • Chapter Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 28, 12:45 am, Room N701A
  • Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 4 pm, NYCCT Staff Lounge


  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, Nov. 1, 1 pm, PSC, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor — Clarissa G. Weiss: Retiree Benefits Under TRS and TIAA. 
 Irwin Yellowitz:  NYSUT Video of his being awarded Retiree of the Year and Commentary.
  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, Dec 6, 1 pm, PSC, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor  — Frances Fox Piven: The Great Socialist Subversion: Challenging Authority.
  • Annual Winter Luncheon, Monday, Topic and January date to be announced.
  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, Feb. 7, PSC, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor — James Parrot (Fiscal Policy Institute): The Future of Public Services.
  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, March 7, 1 pm, PSC, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor — Larry Morgan and Patrick Smith, PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund
  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, April 4, 1 pm, PSC, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor — Prof. Ellen Schrecker: Academic Freedom.
  • Chapter Meeting, Monday, May. 2, 1 pm, PSC, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor — John Bloom, Workers Defense League.

*Annual Spring Luncheon and Year-In-Review Meeting, Monday, Speaker and June date to be announced.


  • Chapter meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1:10-3pm, HW8th floor, FDA lounge
  • Chapter meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1:10pm-3pm, HW8th floor, FDA lounge
  • Chapter meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1:10pm-3pm, HW8th floor, FDA lounge

Kingsborough Community College

  • Tuesday, Oct 19/3 pm/room M239


  • October 13th

Queensborough Community College

  • Chapter meeting on October 13th with Clarissa Gilbert Weiss and the topic will be “The ERI”

Adjunct Pay Schedules

Below are the list of pay dates for CUNY schools. Take note, Senior colleges (4 year) pay is on different dates than Community colleges (2 year). If you have NOT received a pay check or continually receive late pay, you MUST go to Human Resources and/or Payroll to find out what the issue is and why you are not receiving your pay check on time.

If you cannot get in touch with anyone at your CUNY school, you can contact us at the Adjunct Project to help assist you. We are here for YOU!

September 9, 2010
September 23, 2010
October 7, 2010
October 21, 2010
November 4, 2010
November 18, 2010
December 2, 2010
December 16, 2010
December 30, 2010

September 3, 2010
September 17, 2010
October 1, 2010
October 15, 2010
October 29, 2010
November 12, 2010
November 26, 2010
December 10, 2010
December 23, 2010
*Except Kingsborough and LaGuardia

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