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Tom Coffin papers

 Collection
Identifier: G2008-36

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Tom Coffin papers, spanning 1979-2005, consist of articles, charts, correspondence, notes and reference materials that belonged to Coffin while he was a Part-Time Instructor (PTI) at GSU. These papers revolve around Coffin's opposition to the decision by Dr. Ahmed Abdelal, then Dean of the GSU School of Arts and Sciences, to move away from Part-Time Instructors to a Visiting Professor model. The papers include reference materials from the Ad-Hoc Committee on Working Conditions of Part-Time Instructors and Adjunct Faculty of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and correspondence between Coffin and the Georgia House of Representatives requesting change in the treatment of PTIs.

Dates

  • 1979-2005

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biography of Tom Coffin

Dr. Tom Coffin was one of the founding members of the underground, alternative voice publication in Atlanta, the Great Speckled Bird, first published on March 15, 1968. In addition to being an activist, writer, and photographer he has also been an engineering technician, a pulp mill worker, a truck driver, a household furniture mover, and a carpenter. In 1979, he worked as an oiler out of Local 926 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, operating a 100 ton crane.

Coffin earned a Ph.D. in forestry at the University of Georgia in 1995 and taught as an instructor at Georgia State University (GSU), Clayton College and State University, and Gainesville College. On March 23, 2000, Coffin and two fellow Part-Time Instructors (PTIs) were dismissed from the GSU Sociology Department. GSU had adopted a model calling for fewer PTIs and more visiting professors, intending to expand employment opportunities for non-tenure track, and eventually, tenure-track faculty. Coffin joined the city of Atlanta's arborist's office in June 2000 and was promoted to Senior Field Arborist, serving until July 29, 2008.

Extent

1.5 box(es)

Language of Materials

English

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tom Coffin, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, June 2009.

Creator

Title
Tom Coffin:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia State University Archives Repository

Contact:
Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)