August 2, 2018
To: William McDonald, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Robin Voetterl-Reicker, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
On behalf of Herkimer College’s over 90 active adjuncts (active within the last two years) we are writing to communicate to you regarding our concern for the college’s apparent disregard for the quality of education offered to students. This disregard has taken shape in the lack of informing adjuncts in a timely manner that could allow for proper planning in class preparation. It has been apparent since the publication of the Fall 2018 Schedule that adjuncts would be needed to fill many of the classes due to the proposed schedule and the current full-time teaching requirements. It is also understood that many classes must be offered and taught to fulfill the requirements for proper collegiate accreditation.
As adjuncts, we have always endeavored to provide the highest quality standards to our students at Herkimer College. To maintain those standards, it is necessary to remain current within each of our professions and to revise courses accordingly. To do that, it is necessary to have more notice than a few days to put a course together that can offer those high standards. It is disingenuous to adjunct faculty and to the students we teach, to not offer teaching assignments more than 4 weeks before the semester begins, especially since Herkimer College has signaled to students in the Fall 2018 schedule that certain classes will be offered.
To that end, we request:
- That the proper authorities of Herkimer College inform adjunct members by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on August 9, 2018, whether our services will be required for the Fall Semester.
- That the assignments be communicated to individuals via Herkimer College email with the proposed times and number of classes.
- If these requests are not met we will be forced to take further action.
We expect a response by the time noted above.
Herkimer College Adjuncts
SEIU Local 200United