Graduate students deliver petition for neutrality

Duke graduate petition

On Friday, a delegation of Duke graduate students delivered a petition to the Provost’s office—with more than 200 signatures—calling on the administration not to interfere in our efforts to form our union.

The petition reads:

“Yes, I support the Duke contingent faculty union!”

Dear President Brodhead and Provost Kornbluth,

We, the undersigned members of the Duke University Graduate School, are writing to express our support for Duke Teaching First and its decision to form a union with Faculty Forward. We share their view that adjuncts and other contingent faculty employed at Duke and other universities deserve a living wage, supportive working conditions, medical benefits, job security, opportunities for professional advancement, and the ability to exercise their collective bargaining rights.

The majority of instructional positions at American universities are now non-tenure track. Many of the people who fill these positions barely earn enough to support themselves and their families. As graduate students, we understand that we might one day find ourselves in these positions and therefore recognize current contingent faculty members at Duke and elsewhere as our future colleagues. Indeed, many of us encounter firsthand the conditions of adjuncts and non-tenure track faculty as we finish our dissertations, taking on multiple low-wage jobs and assuming an onerous teaching load in order to cover living costs and Duke’s disproportionately high continuation fees. We know from our own experiences how relying on overworked and underpaid employees can have an adverse impact on the classroom environment and undermine the goals of higher education.

We would like for you to follow the example of the administration at Georgetown University and maintain a fully neutral stance as our non-tenure track faculty build their union. We firmly believe that our community will be best served by your administration’s decision to not interfere with Duke Teaching First’s campaign to form a union with Faculty Forward.

By allowing Duke Teaching First to move forward with their efforts without administrative interference, Duke will set itself up as an example to other universities and colleges throughout the country. We call on you to lead the way in recognizing the rights of adjuncts and non-tenure track faculty in higher education. This is a struggle that not only concerns undergraduates and current employees but all the scholars-in-training at the University.

Sincerely,

Bennett D. Carpenter, Department of Literature
Can Evren, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Brendan Higgins, Department of English
Michael Becker, Department of History
Domenico Cangiano, Department of Romance Studies
Brad Wood, Department of History
Corinne Blalock, Department of Literature
Chase Gregory, Department of Literature
Yuridia Ramirez, Department of History
Eladio Bobadilla, Department of History
Karim Wissa, Department of Literature
Katherine Costello, Department of Literature
Stepanie Reist, Department of Romance Studies
Anita Bateman, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Hannah Ontiveros, Department of History
Abhishek Bose-Kolanu, Department of Literature
Alex Cunningham, Department of Experimental and Documentary Arts
Kelly Tang, Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
Fiammetta Di Lorenzo, Department of Romance Studies
Yair Rubinstein , Department of Literature
Zoë Eckman, Department of English
Ian Lekus, Department of History
Eylul Iscen, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Shahrazad A. Shareef, Department of Literature
Gregory Brennen, Department of English
Ameem Lutfi, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Samuel B. Kigar, Department of Religion
Matthew Taft, Department of English
Valerie Soon, Department of Philosophy
Joseph Ren, Department of Literature
Joshua H. Clough, Department of History
Anastasia Kārkliņa, Department of Literature
Joe Nelson, Department of Philosophy
Paul Henne, Department of Philosophy
Sungwoo Um, Department of Philosophy
Carla Hung, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Nicholas Huber, Department of Literature
Aryn Ashley Conrad, Department of Philosophy
Michelle Mackenzie, Department of Literature
Jesús Hidalgo, Department of Romance Studies
Mitali Routh, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Justin Mitchell, Department of English
Giuseppe Prigiotti, Department of Romance Studies
Alicia Reyes-Barrientez, Department of Political Science
Heather Gates, Department of History
Jess Issacharoff, Department of Literature
Laura Moure Cecchini, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Christopher Thomas, Department of Experimental and Documentary Arts
Juan Fernando Tellez, Department of Political Science
Torang Asadi, Department of Religion
Pietro Bianchi, Department of Romance Studies
Giulia Ricco, Department of Romance Studies
Stefan Waldschmidt, Department of English
Layla Brown, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Corinna Zeltsman, Department of History
Claire Ravenscroft, Department of English
Ivan Vargas, Department of Romance Studies
Alexander McKinley, Department of Religious Studies
Yasmine Singh, Department of Religious Studies
Jacob Soule, Department of Literature
Sonia Hazard, Department of Religious Studies
Adrienne Krone, Department of Religion
Navid Naderi, Department of Literature
Laura Jaramillo, Department of Literature
Patricia Bass, Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
Michael McGurk, Department of English
Jay Hammond, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Danielle M. Purifoy, Environmental Science and Policy
Melanie Ungar, Department of German
Brian Smithson, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Mackenzie Cramblit, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Hunter Bandy, Department of Religious Studies
Achille Castaldo, Department of Romance Studies
Alyssa Miller, Department Cultural Anthropology
Louise Seamster, Department of Sociology
Emilie (Mimi) Luse, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Shannan Hayes, Department of Literature & Women’s Studies
Kaylee Alexander, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Culture
Spencer Orey, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Lindsey Mazurek, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Stephanie Gaskill, Danforth Center for Religion and Politics
Christopher Daley, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Michael Swacha, Department of Literature
Fatma Derya Mentes, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Katie Swacha, Department of English
Jessica Malitoris, Department History
Matthew Sebastian, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Amanda Lazarus, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Matthew S Whitehouse Gordillo, Department of Romance studies
Ana Ugarte, Department of Romance Studies
Armand Tufenkian, Department of Romance Studies
Harrison Russin, Department of Musicology
Teresa Moore, Department of Romance Studies
Sarah Bereza, Department of Music
Brenna Casey, Department of English
Amanda Suhey, Department of Romance Studies
Jessica Gokhberg, Department of Literature
Jessica Q. Stark, Department of English
Kita Douglas, Department of English
Michael Nicoloff, Library Science
Sinan Goknur, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Nicolás Sanchez, Department of Romance Studies
Elizabeth Crisenbery, Department of Music
Kristina Williams, Department of History
Jose Romero, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Laurel Iber, Department of Romance Studies
Sandie Blaise, Department of Romance Studies
D. Edward Davis, Department of Music
Lucy Sorensen, Sanford School of Public Policy
Laura Bellows, Sanford School of Public Policy
Divya Guru Rajan, Sanford School of Public Policy
Heather Wallace, Department of Philosophy
Ying Shi, Sanford School Public policy
Silvia Serrano, Department of Romance Studies
Jennifer Shen, Sanford School of Public Policy
Nathan Bullock, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Chenfei Hu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Trenita Childers, Department of Sociology
Candela Marini, Department of Romance Studies
Samuel Shearer, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Anna Tybinko, Department of Romance Studies
David Dulceany, Department of Romance Studies
Christopher M. Webb, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Alyssa Granacki, Department of Romance Studies
Kevin D Kornegay, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Tamar Shirinian, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Nehanda Loiseau, Department of Romance Studies
Anika Schenck-Fontaine, Sanford School of Public Policy
Adela Deanova, Department of Philosophy
Elena Turevon, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Huseyin S Korkmaz, Department of Economics
Claire Antone Payton, Department of History
Kena Wani, Department of History
Kathleen Burns, Department of English
Abigail Seeskin, Department of English
Rachel Gevlin, Department of English
Hannah Marie VanderHart, Department of English
Josh Striker, Department of English
Ellen Song, Department of English
Rebecca McWilliams Evans, Department of English
Damien-Adia Marassa, Department of English
Emma D. Graner, Department of English
Nikolas Sparks, Department of English
Joanna Murdoch, Department of English
Jonathan Umbdenstock, Divinity School
Sean Ward, Department of English
Zachary Levine, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Nora Nunn, Department of English
Jaime Gonzalez, Department of Literature
Devin Buckley, Department of English
Sarah Denes, Department of Musicology
Mary Caton Lingold, Department of English
Meghan O’Neil, Department of English
Sonia Nayak, Department of English
Rachel Rothendler, Law School/Romance Studies
Chelsea Clifford, Nicholas School of the Environment
Myles Oldershaw, Department of English
Kelly Garvy, Nicholas School of the Environment
Laura Banella, Department of Romance Studies
Kobi Finestone, Department of Philosophy
Jake Silver, Department of Cultural Anthropology
J.A. Nealy, Department of History
I. Augustus Durham, Department of English
Caroline Garriott, Department of History
Connie Ma, Sanford School of Public Policy
Matthew Omelsky, Department of English
Jonathan Howard, Department of English
Jessica N. Hines, Department of English
P.T. Morgan, Department of English
Mari Joerstad, Department of Religion
Lauren Robinson, Department of Religion
Karen Little, Department of English
Antonia Terrazas, Divinity School
Rachel Sanchez, Divinity School
Kevin Georgas, Divinity School
Wayde ZC Marsh, Divinity School
Davide Carozza, Department of English
James Thomas Irby, Divinity School
Kevin Spencer, Department of English
Jacob Resor, Divinity School
Casey Stanton, Divinity School
Robert Tate, Department of English
Ben Richardson, Department of English
Hannah Rogers, Department of English
Danielle McMullen, Sanford School of Public Policy
Jon Stapnes, Department English
Samantha Arten, Department of Music
McKenzie Johnson, University Program in Environment Policy
Lori Keeling, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Kevin Gallin, Department of English
Oluwatomisin Oredein, Divinity school
Ashley Rose Young, Department of History
Yahn Wagner Ferreira de Mello Pinto, Department of Music
Joella Bitter, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Sarah Garrahan, Department of Experimental and Documentary Arts
Hannah Cunningham, Department of Biomedical Science
Anna Maria Wilson, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lara Musser Gritter, Divinity School
Kathleen Perry, Divinity School and Department of Global Health
Sarah Jean Barton, Divinity School
Allison Roder, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Seaver Wang, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Lidia Shahidi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Patrick Ferree, Department of Cell Biology
Asli Unal, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Sasha Makohon-Moore, Department of Biology
Samuel Alvarez, Department of Chemistry
Julie Martin, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Anastasia Gant, Department of Chemistry
Diego Calderon-Arrieta, Nicholas School of the Environment
Martin Dawson, Department of German
Ryan Prendergast, Department of Musicology
Jennifer Rutter, Divinity School
Travis Knoll, Department of History

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