As a tenured or tenure-track professor, I support the Duke contingent faculty union! [Add your name below]

Dear President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth,

We are writing as tenured and tenure-track faculty to voice our support for our colleagues in Duke Teaching First who are forming a union with SEIU Faculty Forward.

Over 40 percent of all faculty members at Duke are off the tenure track.(1) Over the past 10 years, Duke increased its tenure track faculty by 11 percent, but expanded its non-tenure track faculty by 67 percent.(2) While Duke makes significant investments in building projects and a new campus overseas, the university spent only 11 percent of its total expenditures on salaries for teachers in 2014.(3)

Duke relies on non-tenure track faculty to teach a steadily increasing percentage of its courses. It is time to offer our “contingent” colleagues fair working conditions. The university needs their work, and has the resources necessary to raise standards. Non-tenure track faculty are a vital part of Duke’s academic community, and play key roles in many university programs. Our colleagues need and deserve greater job stability, decent pay, and health insurance.

Today, non-tenure track faculty at Duke have no proper representation, no way to express their interests as a group. To improve their working conditions, they need a place at the negotiating table. This is why they are now mobilizing to form a union.

We, tenured and tenure-track faculty at Duke, strongly support our non-tenure track colleagues’ efforts to unionize. We appreciate their contribution to teaching our students, and realize that, without their hard work, Duke would not be able to fulfill its educational mission. We call on the administration to respect our colleagues’ right to form a union with SEIU Faculty Forward.

Sincerely,

Susan Alberts, Professor of Biology
Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Nancy Armstrong, Professor of English
Luke Bretherton, Professor of Theological Ethics in Divinity School
Charles L. Campbell, Professor of Homiletics in Divinity School
J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor of Theology in Divinity School
miriam cooke, Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Leo Ching, Associate Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Valerie C. Cooper, Associate Professor of Black Church Studies in Divinity School
Michaeline Crichlow, Professor of African & African American Studies & Sociology
Clifford Cunningham, Professor of Biology
Roberto Dainotto, Professor of Romance Studies
Sarah Deutsch, Professor of History
Maria E Doerfler, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity in Divinity School
Ariel Dorfman, Walter Hines Page Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies
Christine Drea, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
Bastiaan Driehuys, Professor of Radiology
Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy
Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Professor of Theology in Divinity School
Esther Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies, and Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Shai Ginsburg, Associate Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Ruth Grant, Professor of Political Science
Paul J. Griffiths, Warren Chair of Catholic Theology in Divinity School
Amy Laura Hall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics in Divinity School
Michael Hardt, Professor of Literature
Frances S. Hasso, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology
Karla FC Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English
Reeve Huston, Associate Professor of History
Fredric Jameson, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature
Alvaro Jarrin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Sociology and Anthropology
Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor of English
Richard F Kay, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
Robert Korstad, Professor of Public Policy and History
Bruce Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
Mark Leary, Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History
Paloma Liton, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Micaela Janan, Professor of Classical Studies
Peter Klopfer, Professor Emeritus of Biology
Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History in History
Laura S. Lieber, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Ralph Litzinger, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Wahneema Lubiano, Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and Literature
Anne-Maria Makhulu, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies
Nancy MacLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History, Public Policy, and Women's Studies
Roland Matsouaka, Assistant Professor in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Ellen McLarney, Assistant Professor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Timothy McMahon, MD PhD, Associate Professor in Medicine
Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art & Art History
Ellen Mickiewicz, James R. Shepley Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Professor of Biology
Daniel W. McShea, Professor of Biology
Walter Mignolo, William H Wannamaker Professor of Literature
Claudia Milian, Associate Professor of Romance Studies
Paul Modrich, James B Duke Professor in Biochemistry
Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of Literature
Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African & African American Studies
Diane M. Nelson, Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Jocelyn Olcott, Associate Professor of History
Gunther Peck, Associate Professor in Terry Sanford School & Department of History
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Chair of Conservation in Nicholas School of the Environment
Charles Piot, Professor of Cultural Anthropology & African and African American Studies
Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law
Neil S Prose, Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics
Mark D. Rausher, Professor of Biology
William M Reddy, William T Laprade Professor of History
Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy
Daniel Schmitt, Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology
Victoria Seewaldt, MD, Professor of Medicine
Stephanie Sieburth, Professor of Romance Studies
Pete Sigal, Professor of History
Irene Silverblatt, Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Rebecca l. Stein, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Jessi Streib, Assistant Professor in Sociology
Susan Thorne, Associate Professor of History
Antonio Viego, Associate Professor in Program in Literature
Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies
Kathi Weeks, Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Erik Wibbels, Professor in Political Science
Robyn Wiegman, Professor of Literature
Susan Willis, Associate Professor of Literature
Ara Wilson, Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Will Wilson, Associate Professor of Biology

Sources:
1) 2013 IPEDS "Number of full- and part-time staff and graduate assistants, by primary occupational category" variables for Duke University. Data retrieved at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/ (last visited Sept. 8, 2015).
2) Diversity Task Force, Report to the Academic Council Task Force on Diversity 4 (May 2015), available at https://academiccouncil.duke.edu/sites/default/files/u6/AC-pdfs/14-15/DTF-Final-Draft-May-4-2015.pdf
3) 2014 IPEDS “Instruction-Salaries and Wages” and “Total expenses-Total amount” variables for Duke University. Data retrieved at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/ (last visited March 2, 2016).

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