A is for Adjunct
Follow
Find
5.4K views | +0 today
Scooped by VanessaVaile
onto A is for Adjunct
Scoop.it!

THE MAGNET IS ALWAYS ON -- MOOCs as capital-biased technological change

THE MAGNET IS ALWAYS ON -- MOOCs as capital-biased technological change | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Any enthusiasm for MOOCs has to be tempered by the recognition that they will primarily be used to cut costs and increase revenue by undercutting labor.
VanessaVaile's insight:

Likewise, weigh this new genre of mooc evaluations and critical analyses with a cold eye. ask yourself how much direct, first hand experience the evaluator brings to the task. Reading about them in higher ed media does not count as first. Indeed more than a few are not first hand either. In particular, this article like so many looks only at xmoocs and even those through a very limited lens. It is would be a useful addition to a more complete, comprehensive list. Dernier cri? Not. 

 

 Audry Watters' Hack Education is probably the best place to start. Although not exclusively ed-tech, check out Deck Chairs and Speculative Diction, not uncritical but also balanced. 

 

http://www.hackeducation.com/ ;

http://musicfordeckchairs.wordpress.com/ ;

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/speculative-diction ;

more...
No comment yet.
A is for Adjunct
collected sightings of the academic precariat in cyberspace
Curated by VanessaVaile
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Sign and share the Better Pay for #Adjuncts #petition

Sign and share the Better Pay for #Adjuncts #petition | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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!

 

Petition Background

 

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Driven Out for Speaking Up? @InsideHigherEd #academicfreedom

Driven Out for Speaking Up? @InsideHigherEd #academicfreedom | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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. 

So what happened?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

#altCOCAL: A Debriefing & Discussion of #COCALXI

#altCOCAL: A Debriefing & Discussion of #COCALXI | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS APPLIED TO ADJUNCT FACULTY

MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS APPLIED TO ADJUNCT FACULTY | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
         
VanessaVaile's insight:

The adjunked professor http://adjunkedprofessor.wordpress.com is on our feed readers and precarious faculty's "precarity blogroll" at http://www.precariousfacultyblog.com/ 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

The struggle for Silvertown

The struggle for Silvertown | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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"

VanessaVaile's insight:

Does any of this sound familiar?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

How can we reform the adjunct system?

How can we reform the adjunct system? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
How can American academia's adjunct situation be improved?  What's the best way to address this humanitarian crisis?  Can we fix this labor disaster? This question surfaced during a Twitter discuss...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Disparity of Equal Pay in the Outlier States

Disparity of Equal Pay in the Outlier States | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Typical adjunct waiting for help in the outlier states? Since adjunct faculty member Keith Hoeller knows I am interested in anything Texas, he sent me this link a...

 

img © 2014 Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

The #Education Cure: Bogus and Sinking Us More?

The #Education Cure: Bogus and Sinking Us More? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Episode 20: Thinking Collectively about Academic Labor » This ...

Episode 20: Thinking Collectively about Academic Labor » This ... | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.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 ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Want to Know

You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Want to Know | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Call from #KeithHoeller to Stand Up for Nassau CC #Adjuncts!

Call from #KeithHoeller to Stand Up for Nassau CC #Adjuncts! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Someone in New York state needs to coordinate the campaign ASAP. Send out alerts. Keep everyone posted. Who in New York will do this? Frank Reiser? Mary-Faith Cerasoli? Union leaders? Someone else?  


Who appoints and can remove the Board of Trustees of a public community college?  Someone needs to find out immediately.

If so, we need a letter writing campaign to him. We need his address (preferably email). We need a press release. We need to contact the press. 

We need sample letters. Tell us where to send them. 

NCC is where Mary-Faith teaches. The independent union has been protesting sweatshop conditions. The public needs to know about it. 

This is union-busting of the highest order. 

Cordially, Keith Hoeller

VanessaVaile's insight:

For more background, see Frank Reiser's recent posts on Adjunctsaurus:

 

http://adjunctsaurus.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/mass-adjunct-firing-may-1-update/ ;

 

http://adjunctsaurus.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/president-asks-fire-the-adjuncts-bot-reaches-beyond-state-penalties/ ;

 

and earlier posts about adjuncts at Nassau Community College

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

The Part-Time Faculty

The Part-Time Faculty | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Readers discuss an editorial about the quality and pay of adjunct professors. (Letters: The Part-Time Faculty: Readers discuss an editorial about the quality and pay of adjunct professors.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

"Comp/Rhet, Academic Labor, and the Future of English Studies" - English Student Association (ESA) - English Program, CUNY Graduate Center

"Comp/Rhet, Academic Labor, and the Future of English Studies" - English Student Association (ESA) - English Program, CUNY Graduate Center | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Loading Map.... Room 8301, The CUNY Graduate Center365 Fifth Ave.

VanessaVaile's insight:

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


http://annlarson.org/2012/03/03/rhetoric-and-composition-academic-capitalism-and-cheap-teachers/ ;

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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. 

VanessaVaile's insight:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_S._Wittner ;

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

There's No "I" in Team, Unless You're in Academia

There's No "I" in Team, Unless You're in Academia | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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, ...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

You are not special.

You are not special. | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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. 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Where are our tears?

Where are our tears? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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… 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/opinion/tears-for-the-border-children.html?comments#permid=12307359 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

First AFT #Adjunct/Contingent Faculty Caucus #aft14!

First AFT #Adjunct/Contingent Faculty Caucus #aft14! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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!

VanessaVaile's insight:

#adjunct & contingent faculty interested the Caucus are invited to contact Bill Lipkin at proflipkin@optonline.net for more information,

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

No Job Loss in Most States That Raised Minimum Wage - The Fiscal Times

No Job Loss in Most States That Raised Minimum Wage - The Fiscal Times | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

How to Fix Academic Labor (Pt. 372): Make Better Use of the Scarlet ‘A’

How to Fix Academic Labor (Pt. 372): Make Better Use of the Scarlet ‘A’ | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
If course catalogs clearly marked which courses were taught by adjuncts, we’d almost certainly see students and parents take more of an interest in faculty working conditions.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by VanessaVaile from Complexity and Education
Scoop.it!

Introducing The Curator’s Code: A Standard for Honoring Attribution of Discovery Across the Web

Introducing The Curator’s Code: A Standard for Honoring Attribution of Discovery Across the Web | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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.


Via Terry Elliott, Clarissa Bezerra
VanessaVaile's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Suggested by Paul Haeder
Scoop.it!

Cooking the Cooked-up Fake-u-cation | Dissident Voice

Cooking the Cooked-up Fake-u-cation | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
You Don't Need Not Stinking Job for a College Degree Oh, no, what’s the axiom? When you are pissed off, and then dash off an email quickly, WAIT before
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Life of an Adjunct - Hybrid Pedagogy

Life of an Adjunct - Hybrid Pedagogy | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy recently announced a call for articles that address the problem of contingency in higher education. The goal is to examine our role as pedagogues in a system wherein education does...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

Student Evaluations -- United Academics of Philadelphia - YouTube

Click here and join our symposium this Saturday the 19th: https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/uap-symposium-2014 About this video: Most colleges and universiti...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by VanessaVaile
Scoop.it!

#HigherEd News Round-up: #AcademicFreedom…CO @AAUP & lots more…

#HigherEd News Round-up: #AcademicFreedom…CO @AAUP & lots more… | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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...
more...
No comment yet.