Lots has been going on for Yvonne Macrae, Lesley PhD candidate in the Adult Learning & Development specialization, including an Academic advisory board invitation, taking part in the 2nd annual conference of The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, and an invitation to a national summit organized by the New Faculty Majority Foundation (all expenses paid for the foundation) in Washington, DC. Read on…
In June 2011, I was invited to be a member of the Academic Advisory Board for TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views in Public Administration & Policy! For providing feedback and guidance in the publishing of this academic edition, I was presented with a Bronze Certificate as well as a copy of the text – “Taking sides: Clashing views in public administration and policy” – Editors: William J. Miller and Jeremy Walling. The authors published this book so as to give both academics and students a better understanding of the key components of the American political system through issues dealing with the past, present and future struggles of public policy and administration.
Also, I was invited to the 2nd annual conference of The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education. This conference was held on November 4th – 6th, 2011 at University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus. The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education is a national campaign whose mission is to support quality higher education in the 21st century. Approximately, 150 faculty members, students, advocates and allies across the United States of America attended the conference. Major topics discussed are: the increasing number of contingent faculty hiring, expanding student access and success in higher education, and the increasing cost of college tuition. The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education has developed seven principles in restructuring higher education in the United States of America (click on link) – http://futureofhighered.org/uploads/CFHE_principles_May4.pdf
I will be attending a national summit organized by the New Faculty Majority Foundation (all expenses paid for the foundation) in Washington, DC – January 28th, 2012. The title of the summit is “Reclaiming Democracy: Facing the consequences of contingent employment in higher education. Speakers will include: Speakers: Joe Berry, labor historian and author, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education; Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, The Center for Community Change; Gary Rhoades, Director, Center for the Future of Higher Education; Victor Sanchez, President, US Student Association; Carol Schneider, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities, etc. It is expected that participants will include contingent faculty, tenure-stream faculty, students, parents, college and university administrators, faculty union leaders, accreditors, state and federal policymakers, philanthropists, business leaders, and other stakeholders in higher education to focus exclusively on the problems associated with hiring higher education faculty on a contingent basis. The main focus will be on the effects of working conditions of adjunct and contingent faculty in higher education.