I just signed a petition to Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education and President Barack Obama: Better your child's education: demand better pay for the lowly paid adjunct!
Teacher working conditions are student learning conditions. Adjuncts teaching college students have more than doubled since 1970. Today, contingent faculty teaches 75% of classes nationwide, yet we are paid shamefully little in comparison to our tenured or tenure track counterparts.
If you want a better education for students, then you must demand better pay and status for the majority of faculty teaching in today's institutions of higher education across the country. Demand better salaries for the underpaid and undervalued adjuncts, the contingency labor force that teaches most of the imperative core classes students need in order to succeed in today's competitive academic climate.
Driven Out for Speaking Up? Inside Higher Ed by Collen Flaherty: Guinn says the troubles at Upper Iowa – a private liberal arts university in tiny Fayette, Iowa, with more than a dozen extension and international campuses and online programs – began in the fall of 2012.
Lisa Guinn was one of the lucky ones. The historian was offered a tenure-track job at one institution in 2008 after a one-year stint there as a temporary professor. Two years later, she got lucky again – or so she thought – when she and her husband, also a historian, were both offered tenure-track jobs at Upper Iowa University. Knowing how rare dual assistant professorships are in history, they took the jobs. They believed in the university’s liberal arts mission and were looking forward to reviving its history major, which they did in 2012.
Now, despite strong faculty reviews, both Guinn and her husband, Thomas Jorsch, are out at Upper Iowa, and they still haven’t been told why. Jorsch was able to find a tenure-track position at Bethany College, in Kansas, but Guinn will be working there as an adjunct. The irony is biting.
COCAL XI, the eleventh conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, takes place Monday, August 4, through Wednesday, August 6, at John Jay College/CUNY.
the Adjunct Project and Contingent Representation at CUNY’s Union.invite all those attending COCAL XI—and all those who are not—to join us for lunch and discussion on Wednesday, August 6, to consider ways forward, both for the conference and for the movement to end the two-tier system of academic labor.
Socialist Worker Online The struggle for Silvertown Socialist Worker Online Although rightly categorized as a labor history, Tully's study of the defeated strike in 1889 at Samuel Winkworth Silver's rubber and electrical factory in London's East East End also probes the place this strike held in a rapidly changing world of production and politics in Britain.
The poverty wages paid by Silver's consigned workers to fetid living conditions that Tully brings to life in his book....the "chill darkness at the heart of [London's] wonder and bounty: the somber contradiction between Victorian London's splendid material wealth and high culture on the one hand, and a barbarous system of industrial and social organization on the other"
by James Hoover: Education is in dire straits, mainly not because of poor teachers and principals but because the privatization movement and the profit motive has infested education’s inner sanctums with greed and an ideology which justifies it.
Academic labor is something that greatly concerns us as graduate students, and we think it's an important concern for both full-time faculty and contingent faculty. That's why this podcast features the voices of both full-time ...
Note: Harvey Whitney interview below story! I’m telling you, this place is the most racist place I’ve ever been to. September 10, it was Latinos and Blacks. And then September 11 came, and it’s Muslims.
Loading Map.... Room 8301, The CUNY Graduate Center365 Fifth Ave.
Please join current English program student Karen Pitt, program alumna Ann Larson, and Bronx Community College assistant professor Brian Thill next Thursday, April 3rd, at 3p, in room 8301/8304, for a panel discussion on “Comp/Rhet, Academic Labor, and the Future of English Studies.” Sponsored by the PhD Program in English, the GC Composition and Rhetoric Community, and the Adjunct Project
By Lawrence Wittner: Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators—unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless and benefitless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)―are thriving.
In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, 42 private college and university presidents received more than a million dollars each for their work.
Like me, these folks have endured the time consuming, mentally exhausting, ego busting, money devouring “tenure-track odyssey.” We’ve persisted in our pilgrimage because we were promised the glory of a title. If only we worked hard enough, we would be rewarded. If we published enough, attended enough conferences, served on enough committees, mentored enough students. . . But even that isn’t sufficient, particularly for contingent faculty hoping to become tenure-track.Since deciding to leave the professoriate, I've read countless blogs written by those struggling with the same decision. Like me, these folks have endured the time consuming, mentally exhausting, ...
Why do established scholars, who speak openly about other social and economic injustices, refrain from allying themselves with those of us who are denied academic freedom by virtue of our identities as adjuncts?,” asks Lori Harrison Kahan in Vitae. “How are we to explain this silence?”
Great questions, but if you really want to make this point stick in the minds of most tenured and tenure-track faculty, I’m not sure this line of argument is going to work. Instead, I’d explain how the adjunct problem really is every professor’s problem. Drum dialectics into the heads of these mushroom upstarts and we’ll all be better off together.
For this to happen, it’s essential to convince the people on the tenure track now that they aren’t as special as they think they are. The master at this line of argument is, of course, Rebecca Schuman. Unfortunately, king cannibal rats on a festering ghost ship are unlikely to lend a hand until the moment they realize that it’s time to swim to shore.
So now then is the time to point out that it might be time for all of us to paddle the burnt-out hulk that we all occupy a little closer to shore than we are right now. I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.
We have been reading much about the border crisis, and though this is an adjunct faculty page, as I always say, everything is related. We are all in this together.
So now we turn them away. They, who need our compassion and our care, who need to be taught, not to be sent back to a certain death. They need to be taught by the likes of us, mostly adjunct faculty. Because in the end, that is where they would most likely go, once they entered into community colleges, if they ever make it that far…
This evening saw the first ever gathering of AFT’s Contingent Faculty Caucus. It was organized by Bill Lipkin and attended by about 40 AFT contingent members and allies from around the country....This historic event will help to give contingent faculty a greater voice within the union of 1.6 million members, of whom perhaps 100,000 are contingent academics in higher education.
Thanks to Bill, Richard Gomes and Margaret Hanzimanolis for pulling this off—it’s been a long time coming!
#adjunct & contingent faculty interested the Caucus are invited to contact Bill Lipkin at email@example.com for more information,
The Fiscal Times No Job Loss in Most States That Raised Minimum Wage The Fiscal Times In an angry blog post, CEA Chair Jason Furman and economist Betsey Stevenson wrote, “Seven Nobel Prize winners and more than 600 other economists recently stated...
I am struck by Steven Johnson remix quote, "Chance favors the connected mind." And I admire Popova's attempt to corral the idea of 'curation' into a manifesto.
Again, the humble bookmarklet is proving to be the catalyst for bringing together the bone, muscle, and sinew of the Internet in ways that continually surprise me. I am not sure whether there needs to be a distinction between the attribution of direct and indirect discovery for the user of the link. How much does knowing the connection to the original curator was either of these ? I am sure there is a good answer to this, but I am not sure what it is.
Any way you look at it, the 'actionable code of ethics' that this represents is as handy as a pocket knife in a mailroom.
Because many #adjunct activist & #socialmedia sharers should be more attentive to attribution…more annotations & fewer links just thrown like spaghetti on the wall (usually Facebook) to see what sticks would be another plus
Report accuses U. Colorado at Boulder administration of violating academic freedom: Inside Higher Ed - Apr 18, 2014 The chapter and conference “condemn several recent attacks upon the academic freedom, shared governance, and due process rights of...