US Rep. Scott Peters supports Duke Teaching First

Scott Peters

U.S. Representative Scott H. Peters, a Duke alum and parent of two Duke students, wrote to President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth expressing his support for Duke Teaching First and calling for neutrality from the administration:

At Duke University and at campuses from coast to coast, contingent faculty members are an integral part of higher education today. They now teach a majority of college courses, and help prepare the next generation to actively participate in our democracy and our economy.

As an alumnus of Duke University, I was excited to learn that contingent faculty at Duke are forming a union to raise standards at Duke and beyond. As a standard-setter in the region, Duke has a special role to play in setting a high bar for contingent faculty working conditions—which are, in turn, their students’ learning conditions.

As Duke contingent faculty continue to democratically organize, I urge you to fully respect their right to do so. I believe the entire Duke community will be best served by your administration remaining fully neutral throughout the process.

Read Congressmen Peters’ signed letter here.

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