Barnard Contingent Faculty Contract Terms

The College is pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the Barnard Contingent Faculty Union (BCF)-UAW that reflects our deep respect for the union members’ significant contribution to the Barnard community. In keeping with the College's core goals of bargaining respectfully and in good faith, celebrating the contributions of our contingent faculty, and preserving the integrity of our academic programs, we have reached an honorable agreement that that both negotiation teams can celebrate. When formally ratified by the union, this agreement will push forward substantive changes in wages, benefits, and job security for contingent faculty that recognize their commitment to our students.

Wages

The College will boost the minimum wage for adjunct professors to $7,000 per three-point course and increase it to $10,000 over the next five years—a sizable wage increase in total for the majority of adjunct professors. Barnard’s per-course wages are now among the best in New York City, and among elite, urban colleges and universities nationally.

Adjunct Faculty

Semester

1-2 Points

3+ Points

Increase

Fall 2017

$4,000 per course

$7,000 per course

3%

Fall 2018

$4,500 per course

$8,000 per course

3

Fall 2019

$5,000 per course

$9,500 per course

3

Fall 2020

$5,250 per course

$10,000 per course

3%

Fall 2021  $5,500 per course $10,000 per course 3%

Term Faculty

Semester  Salary

Fall 2017

$60,000  

Fall 2018

$64,000

Fall 2019

$68,000

Fall 2020

$70,000
Fall 2021  $70,000

Health Insurance

Barnard is among the few colleges in the nation to offer access to healthcare to all its part-time adjuncts, as well as College-contributed subsidies to those teaching a specified number of courses.In the first year of the new contract, adjunct faculty teaching half-time or more will be eligible for a College-subsidized plan at a rate equivalent to one-half of the subsidy provided to our full-time faculty. By the third year of the contract, and in the interest of providing a subsidized option to greater numbers of adjunct faculty, this same subsidy will apply to those faculty teaching one-third of a full-time course load or more.

Points Taught in Academic Year Eligible for Health Insurance College Contribution
9+> Yes 50% of College’s contribution to full time faculty  
Fewer than 9 Yes None

As of September 1, 2019:

Points Taught in Academic Year Eligible for Health Insurance College Contribution
6+ Yes 50% of College’s contribution to full time faculty  
Fewer than 6 Yes None

Appointments and Assignments

Barnard has addressed the union’s concerns around job security by providing multi-year appointments or severance pay to adjunct faculty with longer terms of service. This approach supports job security in a way that does not compromise our discretion in course selection and hiring, and that preserves the integrity of our academic program.

Semesters Taught In Consecutive Academic Years Appointment Length Separation Pay If Not Appointed

0-3

1 semester

None

4-6 1 year None
7-13 1 year Teaching wages from most recent semester taught
14-27 2 years

Teaching wages from most recent academic year taught

28-41

3 years

Teaching wages from two most recent academic years taught

42+

4 years

Teaching wages from three most recent academic years taught