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Ethics & union bylaws

Ethics & union bylaws | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Comment: relevant to recent posts & discussion of malfeasance at Green River CC as covered by AdjunctNation series

 

Author Phil Lillies is an internal auditor with a deep interest in workplace democracy. Based in Canada, he has spent ten years applying his training in philosophy and organizational development to the st...

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Being a Stupid Slut

Being a Stupid Slut | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Fast forward several decades. I’ve been an adjunct professor in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. Adjunct. Contingent. AdCon. Part-time. NTT. Lots of names are used for what I do as a precarious wage-laborer in the edu-factory that used to be academia.

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Since we’re about to head out on the road with the documentary, I welcome a conversation about this — and invitations from others who might want to have this conversation as part of our film. We can certainly document the suffering; there is plenty of it.

 

But can we begin now to deliberately contemplate ways of shifting this paradigm toward a new and positive reality? I’m not talking about unions, or legislation, or walk-outs, exactly. I’m talking about the kind of energetic shift that creates new realities. 

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Letter to Texas A&M on behalf of Professor Bradford

Letter to Texas A&M on behalf of Professor Bradford | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

NFM President Maria Maisto writes President Maria Hernandez Ferrier, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, on behalf of New Faculty Majority to protest San Antonio A&M's non-renewal of Adjunct Professor of Criminology Sissy Bradford, and to request immediate intervention.

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Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions

Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Don't skip clicking the link to the Google Doc at http://is.gd/nSRVbk. Add your information. It's important. Read the post alread and added information? That's nice. Now revisit the post. scroll down and catch up on all the comments posted since then. It's as busy as any comment section on IHE or the Chronicle ~ minus trolls too.  Then revisit the crowdsourcing doc and read the comments there too.

 

Josh Boldt's post on his blog, Copy & Paste, http://copy--paste.com and the accompanying crowdsourcing GoogleDoc are, if not going viral, then well on the way, ~ at least in the adjunctiverse corner of academentia. Both gather more viewers and comments by the day Now, with international interest and a recent hat tip in major academic media, the gates of the adjunct information ghetto are opening. There is surely more to come too: adunct interest in crowdsourcing is growing.

 

Josh opens, "Yesterday, Michael Bérubé, president of the Modern Language Association and newfound hero of contingent faculty everywhere, published the essay "Among the Majority" on the MLA web, http://www.mla.org/fromthepres, ... "

 

Taking Bérubé's comments on adjunct pay inequity (so well known by us but too often brushed off  by administration, tenured faculty and the general public), Josh proposes and initiates action: crowdsouce to collect information about pay and working conditions to share and make public ~ throw open the windows and let the sun shine in. He explains, 

 

"In order to begin this process, I’ve created a Google Doc to crowdsource information from adjuncts about the conditions at their respective universities. Things like course pay, benefits, retirement, and contracts. Let’s combine forces and establish which schools are doing good work, and which are doing bad. Fill in as much information as you feel comfortable doing, and be sure to tweet this document and share it via Facebook, email, listserv, or anywhere else you can think of."

 

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