As a longtime Rutgers PTL and union advocate, I am very appreciative of the recent gains won by our leadership team. Although we know we have more work to do, we also know that we are poised to make even bigger strides in the near future. Longer appointments and health care are on our agenda and we have a considered, purposeful plan to accomplish these future gains.
Rutgers has played a significant role in my career. I received my doctorate in criminal justice from Rutgers University in 2011, my M.A. from Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (2004) and an M.P.A.P. from the Bloustein School of Planning and Policy (2004). I have been teaching as a PTL in the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice since 2005. I am a full-time, associate professor at Saint Peter’s University, where I recently earned tenure and promotion, but I believe that I still need to fight for PTLs at Rutgers. What is most important is that I have taught in a few schools around the New York metropolitan area and have experienced what works with part-time faculty and what does not. To the student, there is most often no difference and that is crucial for all of us to understand.
My research focuses on sports and domestic violence, police and the media, and crimes against wildlife. I have also worked as a television journalist and actress, most recently appearing in The Following, with Kevin Bacon. Last fall, I founded a non-profit organization that assists women in need called the LINDA Organization. Rutgers students have been generous contributors to these women who have been adversely impacted by the criminal justice system. This is just one indication of how involved our students are, regardless of the employment status of their professors.
I have seen at other institutions, at Saint Peter’s University, for example, how part-time faculty are integrated into the department as part of the system. This provides for a united front for the students who cannot readily discern who is full or who is part-time; they only know that we are the providers of their education, in its entirety and that includes inside and outside the classroom. If part-time faculty are already providing this (such as letters of recommendation, help with looking for internships, etc.), why not 1) acknowledge their contribution 2) compensate part-time faculty for this contribution, and 3) include them in all updates and opportunities for students as the school year progresses? The rewards of such a united educational front are potentially enormous.