For the first time, members of PATFA gathered in two locations for their Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 21, 2016. President Michele Cheung (in red, facing group) led the meeting from the Orono campus of the University of Maine. The people in the screen behind her were gathered at the Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, in Portland. It worked! (Photo Courtesy PATFA member Dee Peppe)
Women and men who teach part-time in the University of Maine System are dedicated to education. One way they demonstrate that commitment is through the Harlan Baker PATFA Scholarship Fund. Named for a longtime adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine, the Baker Fund is designed to help PATFA members’ children attend college.
Scholarship, travel, presentation of work – people who teach part-time in the University of Maine System frequently want to participate in such activities but face limited opportunities for help in paying their way.
The Michael Burke Professional Development Fund offers small stipends to help meet those needs. It is named for a longtime adjunct professor who launched the fund while serving as president of the Part-time Faculty Association of Maine (PATFA), Local 4593 of the American Federation of Teachers.
Have a question? All part-time faculty members in the University of Maine System are covered by the same contract. And not everybody is up to speed on what the contract covers and does not cover.
So here are some frequently asked questions and brief answers, updated to help as you plan your work in 2017:
1. Who is covered by “PATFA”? The Part-time Faculty Association of Maine represents the nearly 1,900 adjuncts (part-time faculty members) who teach in any of the seven universities within the University of Maine System.
From a University of Maine System news release July 5: University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced today that Dr. Robert Neely has been appointed the new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Maine System.
Following is full text of a statement issued June 22 by Sam Collins, chair of the University of Maine System board of trustees:
Members of the University Community: As we move past the close of the 2015-2016 academic year, I wish to express the appreciation of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to our valued faculty and staff for your scholarship, unwavering dedication to student success, and the great service you provide to Maine and its people.
Members of the Part-time Faculty Association of Maine (PATFA) gathered at two locations simultaneously May 21 for an Annual Meeting that wound up focusing on basic issues such as evaluations, scheduling and pay.