The AMS and Contingent Faculty

The AMS is a member of the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW), a group of higher education associations, disciplinary associations, and faculty organizations committed to addressing deteriorating working conditions for faculty and their effect on college and university students in the United States. The AMS Board of Directors has affirmed (November 2014) principles articulated in the 2010 CAW Issue Brief "One Faculty Serving All Students".  

Specifically, we affirm the following:

  1. All faculty members should receive compensation and institutional support and recognition commensurate with their status as professionals.
  2. All faculty members should have access to the recommended standards and guidelines for the academic workforce issued by their professional associations and faculty organizations. The AMS will make its recommended standards publicly available.
  3. All faculty members should have access to key information on academic staffing in their departments and institutions, along with recommended targets for staffing, contracts, compensation, and working conditions.
  4. All long-term faculty members should be given the opportunity to participate fully in the work and life of the department and institution if they so desire.

The following detail is drawn from "One Faculty Serving All Students."

1. Compensation and Institutional Support

All faculty members should receive compensation and institutional support and recognition commensurate with their status as professionals.

2. Association and Organizational Standards and Guidelines

All faculty members should have access to the recommended standards and guidelines for the academic workforce issued by their professional associations and faculty organizations.

We affirm the following key principles:

3. Departmental and Institutional Advocacy

All faculty members should have access to information on academic staffing in their
departments and at their institutions, including information on recommended targets for staffing, contracts, compensation, and working conditions. Faculty members who use this information to advocate for better working conditions should not be penalized in any way.

Institutions, in collaboration with all stakeholders, should collect and readily provide information about academic staffing. At the same time, administrators, department chairs, and individual faculty members can actively work to get a clearer picture of the academic workforce on their own campuses. They should

4. Participation in Institutional and Departmental Decision-Making

All long-term faculty members should be given the opportunity to participate fully in the work and life of the department and institution if they so desire.

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