The number of full-time administrators at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is way up, according to federal data. Growing administrative ranks at colleges is a national trend, but the seven-fold increase on the Lowell campus over the past ten years stands out as one of the highest.

Read more at WGBHOn Campus| At UMass Lowell, Healthy Growth Or Bloat?.

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The UMass Lowell student newspaper has published a letter of support for adjunct faculty at UMass Lowell.

I am writing to show support for UMass Lowell adjunct faculty in their campaign to receive the same benefits that the rest of the UMass schools provide to their adjunct faculty. At UMass Lowell, the adjunct professors teach a majority of the freshmen and sophomore classes and should have access to the same types of benefits their other UMass adjunct colleagues receive.

read it here:

Step One:  Check Eligibility Guidelines:

Go to the Professional Development Category Archives on the Union website: <>

Both the Eligibility Guidelines and the Professional Development Request are below this post.

Disregard the line that says:  “Application for funds and receipts must be submitted to the Union on the approved form within 15 days of the event.”  You must submit your receipts within 15 days of the event.

Step Two: Apply

If you meet the eligibility guidelines, complete the Funding Request and submit it electronically.

You will be notified when your request is approved by the Union and the Administration.  If you don’t hear anything within a couple of weeks, check back with Tess George at

Step Three:  Attend the Professional Development Event

Keep all receipts for travel, lodging and registration fees.  Meals are not included.

Step Four:  Submit your receipts

E-mail copies of your receipts to

Step Five:

Look for your reimbursement in your regular bi-monthly pay.

Updated, January 31, 2017

By contract, Adjunct Faculty may request up to $1,000 per fiscal year (July 1—June 30) for professional development expenses “to enhance the teaching capabilities of the adjunct faculty and continued enhancement of the UML reputation.” The form required to request such funds may be found here: Professional Development Request Form for Adjunct Faculty .


Tuesday, December 6

Meet at Riverside Parking Garage on North Campus

UML Adjunct Faculty deserve equal pay and benefits as Adjunct Faculty at Boston and Amherst.
Student tuition is almost equal. Why aren’t faculty treated equally?

STUDENTS and FACULTY – March with us to deliver over 3,000 signatures to Chancellor Maloney demanding equality!

PDF of March flyer