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 Updates are regular e-mail bulletins that cover the latest news, editorials, and events concerning contingent academic labor.

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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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COCAL XII Conference
August 5-7, 2016
University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Our 12th biennial conference is hosted by Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3911. Please visit their links below for more information and to register for COCAL XII:

CUPE 3911 website

COCAL XII Page with general information




Call for Papers

Lister Centre (Venue)

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COCAL X Conference
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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