Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor

A grassroots coalition of activists in North America working for contingent faculty: adjunct, part-time, non-tenured, and graduate teaching faculty. We seek to bring greater awareness to the precarious situation for contingent faculty in higher education, organize for action, and build solidarity among our colleagues.


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COCAL X Conference reports and photo galleries

The tenth annual COCAL Conference was held in Mexico City, on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico from August 9 through August 12, 2012.
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Friday, August 3, 2018, - Sunday, August 5, 2018
San José State University, California

Register for COCAL XIII here

COCAL has successfully hosted conferences in Boston, San José, Chicago, San Diego, Vancouver, Quebec City, Montreal, Mexico City, New York, and Edmonton, Alberta. We are excited to once again add San José, the heart of Silicon Valley, to this list.

Please consider attending COCAL XIII and helping us achieve our conference goal of Empowering Precarious Academic Workers: Hope Through Organizing. Plenaries will include: Where We Are Today, Solutions for Ending Precarity, as well as hands-on workshops for marshaling our power to move forward to improve our job security and working conditions.

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San Jose Campus and Beyond

San Jose Campus
(Photo by Steve McFarland)

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COCAL X Conference
(Photo by David Milroy)

Welcome to COCAL International

COCAL is a coalition of higher education activists from the North American continent. We are united in working to improve working conditions at colleges and universities for contingent faculty, including adjunct, part-time, and non-tenure track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants.

COCAL holds biennial conferences with presentations on organizing faculty, gaining equitable working conditions, legislative solutions, and the effects of globalization on higher education.

COCAL draws contingent educators from all geographic regions of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., and also from all levels of higher education, from non-credit adult ed to community colleges to liberal arts colleges, to 4 year universities, with and without grad schools, from public to private non-profit and for-profit institutions, from all disciplines taught in higher ed, from all unions that represent us on campuses and from the those who have not unionized as yet. We gather because of what we have in common.

COCAL conferences are great fun! Ironically, coming together to talk about a massive problem that oppresses us all very directly results in an atmosphere full of hope, solidarity, personal affection, and tremendous learning. People who come always go home more committed to the struggle and better equipped to engage in it and organize others.

More information on the Events page