Thousands Take Action on National Adjunct Walkout Day


My name is A.L. Steiner, and I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Roski School of Art and Design at USC. Together, we’ve begun taking steps to build our union here at USC, and I’m writing to you today with important updates.

Last week, we introduced a letter outlining our vision for a better USC, and calling on the University to commit to a fair and transparent process that allows for us to organize without interference. If you haven’t had a chance to sign on yet, you can view and sign the letter here:

And last Wednesday, non-tenure track faculty and students from across the country participated in National Adjunct Walkout Day. This historic event was the first of its kind, with thousands taking action to shine a light on the low pay, lack of job security, and difficult working conditions many of us face every day. As you’ll see below, these actions garnered a great deal of media attention:

Gawker – Happy National Adjunct Walkout Day
Chronicle of Higher Education, Vitae – Walking Out, Teaching In, and Puppeteering: A Glimpse at National Adjunct Walkout Day
International Business Times – National Walkout: Adjunct Professors Protest Low Pay, Lack Of Job Security
GOOD Magazine – Your Adjunct Professors Are Taking a Day to Fight for Their Rights


You can find even more photos and stories from across the country on the National Adjunct Walkout Day Facebook page:

By organizing to raise professional standards at USC, we’re joining a nationwide movement of faculty fighting for fair wages, better benefits and a real voice at the institutions where we teach.


A.L. Steiner
Visiting Assistant Professor
Roski School of Art and Design
University of Southern California