Month: September 2017

Ratifying the Tentative Agreement: What You Need to Know

Now that the Executive Committee has approved the Tentative Agreement between TAUP and Temple, it needs to be ratified by our membership to take effect.   The ratification vote will take place electronically between September 25th and 29th.


As our Constitution and Bylaws set forth, the following groups are eligible to vote:

1)      All dues-paying full-time faculty, librarians, and academic professionals.

2)     All adjuncts who have signed a membership card AND who have taught at least one semester since Spring 2017, including this semester.  In other words, adjuncts who have signed cards and are teaching this term OR who taught Summer 17 OR Spring 17.

By September 13th, we will be sending emails to those eligible to vote, confirming their eleigiblity.  (If we have a non-Temple email, we will be using that one.)   If you believe you are eligible to vote but do not receive an email by this date, please let TAUP know (  

We will also be reaching out over email and over the phone to our members in order to inform them of the details of this agreement and to listen to their questions and concerns.  We have compiled a FAQ for adjuncts, informed in part by questions they have already asked us.

 We will be holding Town Halls for members and non-members to answer any questions you have about the Tentative Agreement:

–T 9/12 11:30-1:30     Anderson 821 (Women’s Studies Lounge)

–W 9/13 12:00-2:00   Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)

–R 9/14  11:30-1:30    Weigley Room, Gladfelter 914

–F 9/15  12:00-2:00    Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)



–M 9/18 3:00-5:00      Anderson 005

–T 9/19 2:30-4:30        Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)

–W 9/20 8:30-10:30   Weigley Room, Gladfelter 914

–R 9/21 4:30-6:30        Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)



We have chosen these times to reach as broad a group as we can, and we hope to see you there.  Please contact TAUP with any questions at


Steve Newman, ​President

Jennie Shanker, Vice President 

Norma Corrales-Martin, Treasurer

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FAQs for Adjuncts: Tentative Agreement


After 15 months of negotiating, TAUP reached a Tentative Contract Agreement with Temple. Our Executive Board voted to pass it on to the membership for ratification. Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the contract:


To participate in the ratification vote, you must be a TAUP member in good standing. You also must either be teaching this semester, or have taught at least one full or partial semester (including summer) during or since the Spring 2017 term. That work needs to have carried a total of 2 credits or more where you were given the primary responsibility of teaching. If you were hired to perform research or provide instruction as artist-in-residence or clinical adjunct faculty, you must have worked for 10 hours per week or more.

For contract ratification, only members in good standing can vote.

  • Full time faculty, librarians or academic professionals are members in good standing if they pay monthly dues.
  • Since adjuncts don’t have a contract yet, an adjunct member in good standing is someone who signed a membership card. Adjuncts don’t pay dues until they are covered by the contract.

Are you sure that you’ve signed a membership card? The card is different from the petitions that people signed when TAUP was fighting to include adjuncts in the bargaining unit. As we move closer to the vote, we will be sending an email out to everyone who has signed a membership card to verify their status. We’ll also confirm with the people who are not on our membership list, and will give enough advance notice for someone to join if they’d like.


If the contract is ratified, it is retroactive from the beginning of the current semester. The one exception for coverage is for adjuncts who are currently teaching their first semester. Though you are eligible to vote if you have signed a card, Temple refused to include adjuncts under the terms of the bargaining unit until after they have worked for the university for one term. That means you will be eligible to be in the union the next semester you teach, provided it is within the next 4 semesters. After four semesters of not working at Temple, you will have to work for one semester again to re-establish eligibility and be covered by the union contract.


Temple has agreed that the raises will be given to adjuncts at the first paycheck after ratification. If you are in your first semester, the university has not made it clear to us whether they will offer you the raise this semester, or if you’ll have to wait until your second term.


Temple has offered adjuncts subsidies for health benefits in the past, though it has been either been too difficult for most adjuncts to qualify or to afford. Here’s a link to the current health benefits offered by Temple to adjuncts:

If the tentative agreement is ratified, all adjuncts in the bargaining (after their first semester) will be eligible, and we hope the increase in pay will help to make these benefits more affordable.


No one will know how you voted, and only TAUP officers will have access to information about who voted. Since we need to insure that eligible voters are voting only once, we need to have some personal information. That information is not associated with the vote you cast (for or against ratification). The information about who voted will only be available to TAUP officers to insure the integrity of the vote.


You can go to and click on the application link to print out the form

It can then be scanned and emailed back to, or you can snail mail or walk it to our office:

Temple Association of University Professionals

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Ritter Hall Annex, Room 721 (004-15)

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


Here’s what it will look like for someone teaching a 3-credit class at the new minimum rate of $1425 per credit ($4275 per semester):

Fall semester dues: total $14.01 per paycheck (x 4 paychecks = $56.04 for the semester).

Spring semester dues: total $12.83 per paycheck (x 5 paychecks = $64.15 for the semester).

.55% per paycheck (gross amount) goes to TAUP, plus

$8.13 per paycheck is split between the AFL-CIO, AFTPA and the AFT National.


We will not have automatic dues deduction from payroll for a year since Temple needs time to set the system up, so we will be asking people to send in their dues. Details for this will be sent if the contract is ratified.


Call or email the TAUP office at / 215-763-2287

Celebrating Academic Labor: Students Honor Faculty at Graduation

Temple’s Founder’s Garden honors many of the great educators who have served as faculty through the years. But with so few names carved in its stone walls, TAUP decided to ask graduating students about teachers who have made a difference for them.

By writing names and messages on “pavers”, they created a path that included the names of faculty members who helped them in pursuing a path of their own.

Here are the 350 educators honored by students who stopped by our table on the day of their graduation

Tracy Agosterola
Dr. Ainsworth
Joe Alkus
Robin Renee Allbritton
Sam Allingham
Elizabeth Alvarez
Dr. Anderson
Maggie Anderson
Rodrigo Andrade
Craig Atwater
Max Avener
Shahin Azadi
Travis B
Colleen Bache
Bryan Bain
Prof. Barber
Sarah Bass
Warren Bass
Jillian Bauer
Gianfranco Bellipanni
Jami Benton
Dr. Berman
Kate Bex
Prof. Bieneman
Dr. Blackburn
Dr. Blaire
Misty Blessley
Jim Bloxton
Nate Buonviri
Aryeh Botwinick
Nancy Boykin
Prof. Brewster
Matthew Brunner
Jennie Burd
Lois Anne Butcher
Dr. Buynevich
Paul Bryan
Amina Camara Johnson
Amy Caples
Dwight Carey
Lee Carson
Steven Casper
Dr. Casper
Brian Cassidy
Prof. Chang
Isabelle Chang
Pallavi Chitturi
Kara Cochran
Prof. Connor
Mary Conran
Bill Cook
Norma Corrales-Martin
Lindsay Craig
Dr. Crawford
Brian Creech
Sheri Hope Culver
George Cummings
Alicia Cunningham-Bryant
Judith Curlee
Beth Curran
Rob D’Amico
Christine David
Dr. Davis
Franklin Davis
Kathleen Davis
Prof. DeAngelis
Don Deeley
Melissa DeGeselle
Jordan Denson
Abbe Depretis
Dr. Deutsch
John DiCarlo
Dr. Dickey
Prof. Dimeo
Donna Dogherty
Ann Dollof
Dr Dong
Mart Doyle
Dr. Dredden
RB Drennan
Fred Duer
Jos Duncan
Zbigniew Dziembowski
Jeffery Ebbesen
Thomas Edwards
Dr. Eizen
David Endicott
Philipp English
Seher Erdogan
Clipper Erickson
Leann Erikson
Prof. Esther
Mohsen Fardmanesh
Dr. Ferrar
Prof. Fitzpatrick
Judy Flaxman
Cathy Flite
Prof. Foley
Dr. Foster
Dan Friedlander
Sarah Fry
Yukari Fujiwara
Prof. Garelick
Karin Garg
Dr. Gawlinski
Jane Gee
Deana Geddes
Caitlin Gillespie
Prof. Glennon
Paul Gluck
Petra Goedde
Cindy Gorch
Douglas Greenfield
Dr. Greenfield
Crystal Gregory
Joseph Guiffre
Dr Guillotin
Alexandra Guisinger
Terry Halbert
Espen Hammer
Bruce Hardy
Dr. Hargraves
Matt Harrington
Carissa Harris
Prof. Harvey
Dr. Hattikudur
Prof. Haviland
Dr. Haviland
Julie Herskovitz
Mohammed Hassan
Dr Hersch
Meredith Higg
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Art Hochner
Brooke Hoffman
Marilyn Holsing
Dr. Hsieh
Prof. Hsueh
Prof. Hubbel
Prof. Huehnergarth
Rosie Husely
Dr Indik
David Ingram
Lynne Innerst
Martin Irons
Shahin Izadi
Jaz Jackson
Dr. Jackson
Tomas Jacobson
Robert Jaffe
Peter Jaroff
Dr. Jason
Christopher Johnson
Dave Jones
Dr. Jordan
Darin Kapanjie
Satyajit Karnik
Melissa Kim
Prof. Kavnik
Josh Klugman
Dr. Kolodny
Prof Krupa
Dr. Kumi
Scott Laserow
Vanessa Lawrence
Anne Layman-Horn
Gregory Laynor
Betsy Lebron-Tuttlemen
Dr. Lee
Michael Leeds
Prof. Leeds
Prof. Lee
Dr. Leib
Mark Leutcher
Judith Levine
Prof. Libird
Richard Libowitz
C.L. Lin
Prof. Lin
Mylina Lincoln-Andrew
Peter Logan
Andrea Lopez
Maria Lopez
Andrea Lopez
Maria Lorenz
Hilary Lowe
Rebeca Lufi
Kyle Mahoney
Dede Maitre
Munir Mandiviwalla
Marina Mandrikova
Ilana Margolis
Dr. Manignore
Wende Marshall
Dr. Math
Bill Mayo
Prof McBride
Michael McCloskey
Michael McColl
Patricia Melzer
Tony Messina
Prof. Meyers
Dr. Miller
George Miller
Nichole Miller
Stan Mir
Neha Mittal
Eva Monheim
Prof. Montague
Blaire Montaigne
Chris Moore
Dr. Morrin
Nancy Morris
Keith Morrison
Nancy Morrison
Dr. Moser
Geoffrey Moss
Prof. Murphy
Michael Neff
Kate Nelson
Kurt Nelson
Dr. Newman
Bernie Newman
Steve Newman
Cory Ng
David Nickerson
Dr. Nicholaon
Rhonda Nicholson
Ruth Ochia
Karyn Olivier
Richard Orodenker
Eric Oskey
Ruth Ost
Bora Ozkan
Randal Pabich
Karen Palter
Dr. Palumbo
Elizabeth Parker
David Parry
Mohit Patel
Prof. Patterson
Elizabeth Pearson Sunflower
Vallorie J. Peridier
Jennifer Politt
Mark Pollack
Dr. Postigo
Eran Preis
Olia Prokopenko
Bruce Rader
Sujth Ravi
Dr. Ren
Jeffrey Renye
Christen Rexing
Terry Rey
Alison Reynolds
Nora Reynolds
Howard Rice
Michael Rivera
Dr. Rockwell
Norman Roessler
Rayce Rollins
Dr. Roman
Anthony Romero
Thomas Rooney
Marta Rose
Ira Rosen
Andrew Rosen
Dr. Rosenthal
Hope Rovelto
Chris Roy
Cheldin Rumer
Dr. Sachs
Dr. Santiago
Amy Sauber
Michelle Scarpulla
Ephraim Schafli
David Schuff
Jon Scott
Matt Sepielli
Jeremy Shafer
Ashley Shaffer
Jennie Shanker
Pamela Shapiro
Adrienne Shaw
Dr. Sheffield
Prof. Sheridan
Mark Shetabi
Richard Shore
Lori Shorr
Robert Shuman
Samantha Simpson
Jeromy Sivek
Aaron Smith
Cathleen S. Soundy
John Soss
Eileen Spagnola
Laura Spagnoli
Dr. Spence
Prof. Stainds
Larry Stains
Mary Stec
Ellarose Steinberg
George Sterling
John Street
Mary Stricker
Judith Stull
Benjamin Talton
Canan Tanir
Dr. Thurman
Prof. Titania
Karen Turner
Prof. Vacker
Barry Vacker
Dr. Valentine
Prof. Van Cleve
Rani Vasudeva
Krupa Viswanathan
Kathleen Voss
Row Walters
Dr. Waxler
Kristine Weatherston
Prof. Webb
Ellen Weber
Dr. Weitz
Sarah Wengryniuk
Gabe Wettach
Bob Whitaker
Ross Whiting
Storm Wilkins
Cheryl Williams
Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon
Shannon Wink
Christian Wurst
Ralph Young
Laura Zaylea
Rebekah Zhuraw
MIS Dept
TU Staff faculty and peers
Classics Profs.
Priscilla and the Kinesiology advisors
Peter, Maggie, Amina, Brandon TFMA
Marina M.
Deborah S.
Travis B.
Peggy T