Who We Are
As adjunct faculty at St. Petersburg College, we love our students, our work, and our school. We believe in the promise of higher education and care about the quality of education and the environment in which our students learn. St. Petersburg College has a unique responsibility to lead by example and provide a path to opportunity for all of our students.
Why We’re Joining Together
Adjuncts at St. Petersburg College make up the vast majority of faculty, with nearly 70% being both part-time and contingent. It is time we have a voice of our own on campus. Across the state, thousands of faculty members are coming together with SEIU FPSU Faculty Forward to fix our broken higher education system for faculty and students alike. We’re part of a statewide movement with our colleagues at Hillsborough Community College, Broward College, University of South Florida, Seminole State College, Miami Dade College and Lake-Sumter State College who have already formed their unions.
With a union, adjunct faculty like us have a collective voice and a seat at the table to participate in the decision-making process that affects our working and teaching conditions.
Instead of fighting against us, schools like St. Petersburg College should be fighting alongside us for the funding our colleges need.
Did You Know?
- 74% of St. Petersburg College faculty is both part-time and contingent? That’s the second-highest share of faculty working part-time and with little job security of all 28 institutions in the Florida College System.
- There was a 50% salary gap between managers (average pay $95,092) and faculty (average pay $63,549) as of 2015. Meanwhile, management positions have increased, while faculty jobs are on the decline.
- Petersburg’s students increasingly rely on federal financial aid and debt to pay for education. In 2014-2015, more than a third of St. Petersburg students took out federal loans, double the median rate for the entire Florida College System.
How You Can Join Us
We invite the SPC community to join us in fighting to address these issues by joining us in transforming SPC into the leader of Florida’s college system. We believe that together, we can make SPC a great institution for students and educators alike.