Calling All Adjuncts!
Greetings Fellow Adjuncts,
My name is Pat Barrientos, past-president and president elect of the New Mexico Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NMMATYC). I was honored this year to be appointed as the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year College’s (AMATYC’s) leader of the Adjunct Faculty Issues Network. AMATYC’s mission is “to is to provide high quality professional development, to advocate and collaborate at all levels, and to build communities of learners for all involved in mathematics education in the first two years of college.” AMATYC committees, such as the Adjunct Faculty Issues Network are crucial components in fulfilling this mission. The purpose of the Adjunct Faculty Issues Network is to
- improve the status of adjunct faculty within two-year colleges
- create and provide a supportive network for adjunct faculty within AMATYC membership
- discuss and disseminate information on issues that impact adjunct faculty within two-year colleges
- increase communication within AMATYC’s committees and ANets to enhance professional networking and support systems for adjunct faculty at two-year colleges both within and beyond AMATYC
- provide greater professional development opportunities for adjunct faculty at two-year colleges
- cultivate and encourage greater participation of adjunct faculty in AMATYC and its affiliates
To me, the main goal for this Adjunct Faculty Issues Network is to seek solutions to adjunct issues. It is not enough to merely discuss adjunct issues. Solutions need to be sought and achieved; otherwise, change will never be implemented. You are not “just” adjuncts. You are the backbone of colleges and universities nationwide. Let your voices be heard and be advocates for meaningful change.
I am calling on all adjuncts interested in mathematics to join AMATYC (AMATYC.org) and be involved by participating in the Adjunct Faculty Issues Network either at the 2021 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona or participate as a member on AMATYC’s website, or both!
Take care and be safe,