Sam Rowe, English Department.
This past November, a Professional Development Mini-Grant from RAFO allowed me to give a paper at the Historical Poetics Now symposium in Austin, Texas. The symposium is a biennial meeting of literary scholars working on 18th- and 19th-century anglophone poetry. Participants share a desire to place the study of poetry in deep historical context, understanding poetic genres, verse forms, and ways of talking about poetry as evolving and changing meaning in response to their circumstances. The field was born out of a frustration with idealizing ways of talking about poetry and poetic address, and a drive to study the meaning that poetry actually makes in its particular social contexts. Scholars presented work on topics like indigenous poetry of the American Midwest, nineteenth-century Bengali epic, the feminist history of the sonnet sequence, and data-oriented approaches to the analysis of verse culture.
RAFO is here to listen, share and help all of our adjunct faculty as Roosevelt University transitions into a full online modality.
Last Thursday, several members joined the conversation about adjusting to full online teaching and discussed ideas for using Zoom and other video technology, hours in the virtual "classroom" and the needs of their students.
Please join the conversation from 4 to 530 on Thursday.
Join RAFO President Jen and other members for a Zoom meeting at 4 pm Central Time on April 9th.
Randy Miller, President of CCCLOC, has compiled a list of Federal and State sources of aid for educators in Region 67 of the Illinois Education Association.
1. The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed March 25. The Illinois Education Association about how this Act relates to higher education, education funding, and student loans.
3. Federal Student Loan Interest Waiver: The Department of Education is offering 60 days of student loan interest relief for those who apply for waivers.
Hello RAFO Members,
The RAFO Executive Committee wants to address your questions about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on higher education, particularly how it affects non-permanent faculty members.
Much is still up in the air, of course, but we are prepared to share what information we have and learn what concerns you most about the current situation, so that we can advocate for you more effectively.
Please view the video below from RAFO President Jen Wilson and join her in a zoom meeting every Thursday at 4 pm. central time US and Canada.
Your RAFO Executive Committee
"STRONGER WHEN UNITED."
from Michael Pinsoff
That theme was the underlying rallying cry throughout the 2 1/2 day IEA Representative Assembly in Rosemont, that my RAFO colleague Dr. Elizabeth Boone and I recently attended as your RAFO delegates.
Dr. Boone and I experienced the unique opportunity to meet and bond with Higher Education faculty statewide. We listened to prominent speakers like Dr. Jill Biden (who made a personal appearance at our Higher Ed luncheon and fielded an audience question from a member of our Region 67 delegation), and Governor Pritzker. We received briefings on recent legislative developments affecting Higher Ed at both the state and national level; learned about IEA's campaign in staunch support of the "Fair Tax Amendment" that will appear on the November ballot; discussed IEA's budget and dues structure; and became educated on the importance for Higher Education of this year's U.S. Census, learningstrategies for increasing participation. We also voted on IEA's legislative platform, amendments to IEA by-laws, and for IEA directors.
Dr. Boone and I thank you for electing us as RAFO delegates, and we can assure you that the IEA totally "has our back" when it comes to recognizing and wholeheartedly supporting the unique needs of and demands placed upon Higher Ed adjuncts.
As lead negotiator for the 2020-2024 contract, I am pleased to announce that your negotiating team and Roosevelt University have come to an agreement. RAFO is extremely pleased with the final outcome and we believe you will be, too. The University was adamant on 0% for the first year, but as an offset for that 0%, we negotiated a signing bonus of $150 for each bargaining unit member that taught either in Spring 2020 or will teach in the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. That then takes us into the final three years of the contract where adjuncts will receive a 2% increase for each of those years.
As I hope you can see from the above, RAFO worked hard to ensure that you are rewarded for the professionalism and integrity all have shown during these unusual and trying times. We are attaching a copy of the final contract for you to review and eventually ratify. The areas that appear in green are changes that were made to the verbiage in the contract that will support RAFO during the upcoming 4 years. Appendix A reflects the 2% increase for each step in the final three years.
A link with the time will be sent next week for all to join this a zoom meeting, where we can answer your questions about the contract.
In closing, we hope you will be as excited as we are regarding the new contract.
Don Wlodarski and the RAFO team:
Jen Wilson, Joseph Fedorko, Amelia Hicks, Stan Traywick, Mike Pinsoff and Dennis Tucker
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