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#Precarious Physicist @AndrewR_Physics shares #admin letter to #adjunct upstarts @Medium

A Letter From the President - Precarious Physicist - Medium
The Nondescript University of Ontario

 

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.

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UVic hit with layoffs - Victoria News

UVic hit with layoffs - Victoria News | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

UVic hit with layoffs, from Victoria News: “We've had a 14-per-cent drop for our sessional instructors in work for them in the last two years. This is directly impacting education up at UVic,” Melnechuk said.

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Bad news for UVic sessional faculty (casuals, aka contingent faculty). Not all Canadian higher ed meets the Vancouver standard for casuals. Why haven't more other other Canadian colleges and universities followed Vancouver's lead and the Program for Change?

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The Importance of Going Viral by @AndrewR_Physics on @Medium

The Importance of Going Viral by @AndrewR_Physics on @Medium | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The Spontaneous Response to “Enough’s Enough”

 

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. 

 

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