“Fairness and Equity for Adjuncts at MICA”

Adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) have been organizing for better working conditions, compensation, and security of employment.  Their organizing drive will culminate with an election at the end of April.  Adjunct faculty activists Katherine Kavanaugh and Joshua Wade-Smith will talk about why and how the part-time faculty at MICA chose to organize.  Panelists will share their views on the role of adjunct faculty in the academic community and related ethical issues.

Katherine Kavanaugh has taught at MICA since 1999 both as an adjunct and a full-time faculty member.  She has taught a variety of classes in the Foundation department and currently teaches in the Masters of Art in Art Education program.

Joshua Wade Smith is an performance artists and sculptor based in Baltimore since 2007 to complete his graduate studies; he completed an MFA from the Mt. Royal School at MICA in 2010.  Smith has since taught part-time in the Foundations Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Last summer, Smith completed  a month long social-practice residency in the Netherlands, performing as a door-to-door handyman.  Smith’s recent exhibitions of artwork make reference to forms of the artist’s labor and endurance sports, highlighting their reliance on  manual repetition, flexibility, and spectacle.

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