I teach in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rutgers-Camden, and currently serve on the PTL Executive Board of Rutgers AAUP-AFT. I would very much like the opportunity to continue to represent you. We have just negotiated a new contract that establishes a career ladder for part-time faculty with promotions and longer term appointments. Despite our gains, the starting pay for PTLs is still too low, and we have much work ahead of us to win health benefits and improved job security. We also need to lay the foundation for further cooperation between the full-time and part-time faculty unions.
I have begun to act as an informal liaison between our union and PTLs at Rutgers who have argued that the new contract has not gone far enough to recognize us as professionals worthy of health care benefits and higher starting pay. I believe that I can become a bridge between different constituencies of activists at Rutgers and help build a grass roots movement with the clout to put greater pressure on the administration to treat us as professionals and genuine colleagues.
I have also put my talents to work over the past few years in the service of the union and PTLs more generally. As a member of our Board, I wrote some of our most effective union publicity. As a Rutgers University Senator, I co-wrote a statement for the University Senate on best practices for PTLs that was endorsed unanimously by the Senate. If reelected to the Board, I will do my utmost to help implement these best practices and work in whatever way I can to promote the goals of the union and the interests of the PTL community.
I earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia, and I studied the history of women's union organizing at Yale with grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Mental Health. I have taught part-time at Rutgers for more than 20 years and have received PTL Professional Development Funds, and I have also been a Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow. My varied experiences outside of Rutgers have included consulting with Demographic Perspectives for Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University, working as a researcher and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and its School of Social Work, and serving as the Director of Research at the Renfrew Center Foundation.
Please give me the opportunity and honor to continue to represent you on the PTL Executive Board of Rutgers AAUP-AFT and to lay the groundwork for a stronger grass-roots movement of PTL activists. I believe that we can channel our energies through the union and put greater pressure on the administration to award us higher pay and greater job security. Without our labor, teaching vast numbers of students, the university could not exist and that alone should make us a force to be reckoned with. Thank you for your support.