Robin Sowards, Ph.D., NFM Vice President
In addition to being an adjunct lecturer who teaches English Composition and Linguistics at several Pittsburgh area universities, Robin is also a researcher and organizer for the United Steelworkers, who were chosen by adjuncts at Duquesne University to represent them in their fight for equity. In that capacity and as an NFM officer, Robin speaks to both academic and labor organizations across the country, on organizing adjuncts and unionism. As a member of the Modern Language Association, Robin has been among the many contingent faculty activists helping MLA increase its attention to the crisis of contingency, along with NFM/F leaders Maria Maisto, Karen Madison, Anne Wiegard, Judy Olson, and Sue Doe. Robin’s broad range of expertise as an academic, union member, researcher and organizer make him uniquely qualified to represent the interests of adjunct faculty and their students. We feel lucky to have him.
Upcoming: January 2016: “Contingent Faculty Mentoring for Democracy” MLA Annual Convention, Austin, TX.
- May 2015: “Adjunct Faculty Unions and the Academic Mission,” Labor and Employment Relations Association, Pittsburgh, PA
- May 2015: “Unity and Strength Across Faculty Ranks,” Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA
- April 2015: “Are Faculty Senates Company Unions?” SEIU Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor, Washington, DC
- April 2015: “On the Clock: Graduate Students & Student Athletes as Workers,” National Lawyers Guild NYC Labor & Employment Committee, New York, NY
- January 2015: “Union Democracy & the Metro Organizing Strategy,” Modern Language Association, Vancouver, BC
- March 2014: “Academic Industrial Unionism,” SEIU Local 1021, Berkeley, CA
- February 2014: “Faculty Contingency: Problems & Solutions,” Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, Toronto, ON
- January 2014: “Organizing for Autonomy,” SEIU Local 925, Seattle, WA
- January 2014: “Solidarity & Strategy in Pittsburgh,” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL