CCAC adjunct science professor gets an office and an apology

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An adjunct professor at Community College of Allegheny County who held meetings with individual students in a hallway because he lacked office space got an apology from the school and something else -- an office.

Adam Davis, a science instructor, is teaching eight classes on three different campuses this spring. He was featured in a story about the struggles of temporary instructors published Friday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a national conference on adjunct faculty was convened by the United Steelworkers, which wants to organize adjuncts on campuses citywide.

Donna Imhoff, president of CCAC's Allegheny Campus, on Monday called the matter an oversight and said steps were taken to correct it as soon as she and other staff read about it. "It never should have happened," she said. "I feel badly about it."

Mr. Davis, 34, was asked in mid-February to step in for another instructor, and the additional teaching credits he took on changed his employee status to temporary full time. That made him eligible for an office, but Mr. Davis said he did not hear back after inquiring about his space.

That may have been because of a miscommunication, said Ms. Imhoff, or because the change in Mr. Davis' status occurred well after the semester began. He was able to move into his office Monday on the fourth floor of Milton Hall.

"I'm glad to have a place to meet with my students," said Mr. Davis, who also teaches at Duquesne and Point Park universities.

The steelworkers union has begun a campaign to organize adjuncts at Duquesne, noting pay and other inequities facing instructors hired year to year and course by course.

Steelworkers international president Leo Gerard referred to Mr. Davis' situation in opening remarks at the three-day conference Downtown.

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Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG.


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