The union that represents UB's faculty has organized a rally Tuesday to protest what its leaders say is the university's overreliance on part-time instructors.
The Rally for Campus Equity Week at UB is part of a nation-wide effort from today through Saturday to raise awareness of the pay and working conditions of part-time faculty.
There are 671 part-time, non-tenure-track instructors at UB, who receive low pay and no benefits and often teach too many courses, said Jane DiSalvo, chairwoman of the union's part-time concerns committee.
"We're quite concerned about the way that part-timers are being exploited," said Jean Dickson, union grievance chairwoman for faculty.
In promoting the rally, union organizers are urging the campus community to "Say NO to UB's Secret Sweatshop."
From noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, on the first floor of the Student Union, the union will use hot dogs to illustrate its claim that part-time instructors are underpaid.
"If you're full-time, you get a whole hot dog, and if you're part-time you get half a hot dog, and no condiments," DiSalvo said.
The union will present speakers, music and theatrical representations of the part-time teaching issue from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union social hall.
Jeff Swiatek, the Democratic candidate for Erie County comptroller, will discuss the county's financial woes and his ideas for turning things around at 7 p.m. in Room 225 of the Natural Science Complex.
Swiatek's opponent, Comptroller Nancy J. Naples, also was invited to speak by UB's Political Science Honor Society, said Joseph Hanna, the society president. Naples declined, citing a Tuesday evening fund-raiser, Hanna said.
Geoffrey Batchen, an associate professor in the history of photography at the University of New Mexico, will speak on "Carnal Knowledge: Photography, Memory and Touch" at 6 p.m. today in the Center for the Arts Screening Room. The lecture is part of the art department's Visual Studies Speakers Series.
The Center for the Arts will be the site of a comprehensive touring exhibition of African-American photography through Dec. 8.
The UB Art Gallery is hosting "Reflections in Black: Smithsonian African American Photography, a History Deconstructed." It is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.