This is the story of the outsiders of higher education, the adjuncts that carry the loads, but don't reap the pay and benefits.
an appeal from Bradley Jackson Rettele
Alright #adjuncts, #FreewayFliers is in the final stages of production and we adjuncts have spent all of our money (we didn't have much to start with). We've gotta pay some professionals for things that we can't do ourselves, and we haven't been successful in finding people that will work for adjunct wages. We would most appreciative if you could share this kickstarter site.
This film will be available for free via online streaming, and is guaranteed to spark debate in the hallowed halls of academia. To date, the makers of this film, all adjuncts, have self-funded this film, but we need finishing funds to help with animated graphics, sound mixing, music, and travel, food, and lodging expenses for its final stage.
I started adjuncting in spring 2006, about two weeks after turning in my MA thesis at California State University, Chico. I was hired to teach sociology by an Anthropology professor I’d taken in grad school who was also the chair of the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) department at Butte Community College. I reread my journal from that time and oh man, I was so happy to have a job right out of grad school.
But my happiness lasted only a brief period and right away I learned how easily adjuncts are hired and fired.
Today, adjuncts across the United States are staging walk-outs, teach-ins, and other types of action to bring attention to the adjunct plight. Adjuncts are precarious workers and even though I had no clue I was an adjunct when I was hired, it didn’t take long to learn I was on the shit end of the stick. I worked in low wage service work before I went back to school in my 30’s; I know what precarity feels like.
Read the rest of this don't miss essay and more by Julie at Ethnography.com. Follow@Worknclasteachr on Twitter. Image: Joe, Julie, and Marc on the road for “If These Halls Could Talk” from Ethnography.com
…#NAAW #NAHW…Professor Ian Duckles (@iduckles) spoke about the working conditions of non-tenured adjunct faculty members at a Wednesday rally at San Diego City College. Similar rallies were held at UC San Diego, Grossmont College, Mesa College, Miramar College, Palomar College and Southwestern College.
Adjunct professors nationwide held walkouts and rallies Wednesday to raise awareness.
An Open Letter from the President of Nondescript University in Ontario, to our contract instructors, or sessional lecturers, or contract teaching staff, or whatever it is that we call you we call you. I can’t remember what we call the little people in the organisation.
It has recently come to our attention that some jumped up little upstart at Carleton University has had the temerity to complain about the working conditions and pay of contract teaching staff at his own institution, and has even alleged that these conditions are widespread across the Higher Education sector in Ontario....
Rest assured that if we could do so, we would have you teaching three-quarters of the courses, just as they do in the United States.
We will of course, continue to dangle the carrot of permanent teaching jobs tantalisingly above your heads, even though we have absolutely no intention whatsoever of actually creating any of these positions.
I wrote my article “Enough’s Enough” a few days ago, and posted it here on @Medium and also sent the link to the two hundred students in the first year engineering class, who were the students directly affected by my decision to not review final exam papers with them. Other than that, I did nothing. I am not an Evil Genius, plotting world domination from his secret lair on a Pacific island.It was a course of action caused by exasperation at my own situation, as a poorly paid contract instructor at a Canadian University.
I did want it to be public, because I felt that my students needed to know the reasons. I also copied my email to the Dean of Science and the Head of Department, so they were informed. I also wanted to make it known because I am far from the only person in this situation, at Universities across Canada, and the world. I felt that somebody had to say something, so that we would be noticed, and I probably had to be the one to do it.
The response has been totally spontaneous, and is a grass-roots phenomenon showing the power of social media networks.
With President Obama’s new community college initiative, which foresees the potential to offer 9 million students free tuition for two years, it surprises me that no one is talking about who is going to teach students and how they are going to be...
Sunday March 8, 3-8 pm PDT: Join Bay Area artists, educators, unions, activists and workers to celebrate the recent excitement and organizing success of Adjuncts at SFAI, CCA, St. Mary's College, Mills, Dominican University!
Leah Griesmann didn’t mean to attract a strange sort of anonymous celebrity status in the lead-up to National Adjunct Walkout Day last week. She’s pretty shy and unassuming, and new to adjunct activism. So she didn’t realize what interest there would be in unmasking the unnamed originator of the walkout idea in the months and weeks leading up to it.
At @UNC, Chapel Hill, participants read statements about adjunct working conditions at a midday rally. (photo above). February 26, 2015, by Colleen Flaherty and Kaitlin Mulhere
It started as a simple question on social media: ❝What would happen if adjuncts across the country walked out on the same day, at the same time?❞
That question got answered Wednesday -- sort of -- on the first-ever National Adjunct Walkout Day. There were some big walkouts at a few institutions but, for a variety of reasons, adjuncts at many more colleges and universities staged alternative protests, such as teach-ins, rallies and talks. Still, the movement led to unprecedented levels of conversation on many campuses, in the media and elsewhere about the working conditions of the majority of college faculty (those off the tenure track). And as a result, adjunct activists declared the day a success -- while wondering what comes nex
The AAUP chapters of the CCCS welcome all full-time and part-time Colorado Community College System (CCCS) faculty.
We will be speaking out -- not walking out -- on CCCS campuses, as Colorado law prohibits walk-outs by workers such as the majority of faculty teaching in Colorado's community colleges. Share your ideas and read others via the Facebook page for the coast-to-coast event: NAWD
Need fliers/posters at your college? Select the pdf from the list below the images. Print on letter-size for a flier; tabloid-size for a poster. Need statistics, information about the staggering wage inequities in the CCCS? Scroll through the press releases and fact sheets in the "Media Room." See videos below.
Please join us for a town-hall style discussion with and for adjuncts and contingent educators, graduate students, and allies who will share their stories and experiences as part-time or contingent academic labor, create space for community building, and articulate the nature of our shared precarity.
This event is presented by United Faculty and Academic Staff, PEC of the TAA and Campus Worker Coalition as part of the National Adjunct Walkout Day.
Hosted by Jason M. Lee, Shellie Michalak and Darien Lamen
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