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I am an English Teacher | Dissident Voice

I am an English Teacher | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

It’s finally hitting the mainstream – The New Faculty Majority Is – off-the-tenure-track see these (my bibliography on this topic is 40 pages): 

 

“From Graduate School to Welfare”
or “The Closing of American Academia”
or “Decline of the Tenure Track Raises Concern”
or “Lazy Faculty?”
or Adjunct Project

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And then here and

“The Abysmal State of Adjunct Pay and Actions to Create Change”

“Caste System in Higher Education”

Report – Who is Professor “Staff”?

 

So, all of this copy....where does it take us?

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Let’s frame some things here first...  Keith Kroll's “The End of the Community College English Professions” (Digital pdf). TETYC, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8168697/EndofCCEnglishProfession_KeithKroll.pdf ;

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Read Kroll and then the rest of this 1st of three parts on Dissident Voice, http://dissidentvoice.org/

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Paul Haeder's comment, January 4, 2013 3:30 PM
Kroll's look at community colleges, well, a bit droll
VanessaVaile's comment, January 4, 2013 6:22 PM
better droll than troll
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#Adjunct behind #NAWD reveals identity…revisionist comment trolls come out

#Adjunct behind #NAWD reveals identity…revisionist comment trolls come out | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
March 5, 2015 by Colleen Flaherty 

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.

.... Even so, the difficulties inherent in facilitating a national protest among a group of highly decentralized workers asked questions about just how well attended the event would be. Griesmann said she thought the day would be relatively successful as long as everyone remained “flexible,” but that the actual turnout -- which is hard to quantify but involved dozens of large- and small-scale protests, walkouts and teach-ins at campuses across the country -- exceeded her expectations.
[Disqus comments,  https://disqus.com/home/discussion/insidehighered/unnamed_adjunct_behind_national_walkout_day_isn039t_hiding_her_identity_anymore/\ ;
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Adjuncts deem National Walkout Day a success @insidehighered

Adjuncts deem National Walkout Day a success @insidehighered | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.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

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Listen to @eValerick on WET022 WET022 talking #Adjunct issues & #NAWD w/@emarch

Listen to @eValerick on WET022 WET022 talking #Adjunct issues & #NAWD w/@emarch | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
This week I talk to Alan Trevithick about the plight of…
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Dear Media, Thank you for asking about #NAWD & # NAAW

Dear Media, Thank you for asking about #NAWD & # NAAW | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

It’s good that you are focusing attention on the “plight” of adjuncts, and we thank you for getting “our” story out there.


But the story of adjunctification is larger than the story of adjuncts. It’s the story of higher education, and how it is losing its mission.

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#NAWD map by Adjun'ct N'oise aka @Vireeon

#NAWD map by Adjun'ct N'oise aka @Vireeon | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Help the map grow. Keep sending Adjunc't Noise updates via Facebook and Twitter or submitting here, http://nationaladjunct.tumblr.com/submit

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the map has been growing -- check out Adjun'ct N'oise on FB https://www.facebook.com/adjunct.noise.3
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The AAUP Chapters of the CCCS

The AAUP Chapters of the CCCS | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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.

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Madison WI #NAWD: National #Adjunct #WalkoutDay #Teach_In

Madison WI #NAWD: National #Adjunct #WalkoutDay #Teach_In | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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Wed Feb 25, 6 pm - 7:30 pm, Rm 159, Education Building, Bascom Mall. 

 

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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Canadian #NAWD examplar @AndrewRobinson_Physics in the news again

Canadian #NAWD examplar @AndrewRobinson_Physics in the news again | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I'm in the @Carleton_U student newspaper @CharlatanLive
Admittedly I've been disembodied!
#cdnpse #nawd pic.twitter.com/7Es7SiVb3p
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#NAWD cometh! National #Adjunct #WalkoutDay Infographic by @LeslieBohn

#NAWD cometh! National #Adjunct #WalkoutDay Infographic by @LeslieBohn | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Adjunct Walkout | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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Why #NAWD #NAAW? Academia's #Adjunct Problem

Why #NAWD #NAAW? Academia's #Adjunct Problem | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
“NBC 6’s Ari Odzer takes a look at the problems adjunct professors face as they try to educate America while getting paid little and receiving no benefits.(Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015) Adjunct professors...
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Great @InsideHigherEd podcast on #NAWD w/ #KeithHoeller & @eValerick

Great @InsideHigherEd podcast on #NAWD w/ #KeithHoeller & @eValerick | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Great IHEpodcast on National Adjunct Walkout Day with Keith Hoeller and Alan Trevithick. Segment starts at 21.40. A must-hear for #NAWD participants!


This Week | Program 33: Sticking With the Credit Hour / A Day Without Adjuncts?

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Right on, Buffalo! BAM! #NAWD planning Facebook Event

Right on, Buffalo! BAM! #NAWD planning Facebook Event | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Right on, Buffalo!
https://www.facebook.com/events/594450090655927/
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National Adjunct Walkout Day

National Adjunct Walkout Day | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
On February 25, 2015 adjuncts across the country will come together to insist on fair wages and...
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Flint, Michigan will be wearing the Scarlet A. Check  out our FB page for podcast and other grassroots organizing ideas!

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Tales from the precariat: when ‘enough’s enough’

Tales from the precariat: when ‘enough’s enough’ | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
A physicist on the ‘shameless exploitation’ of low-pay sessional lecturing that leaves his family officially classed as ‘poor’
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#Adjunct faculty protest conditions « @UTSanDiego #NAWD

#Adjunct faculty protest conditions « @UTSanDiego #NAWD | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

 …#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.

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#NAWD note: @TakeBackNEIU #solidarity w/#adjunct profs at #TeachIn

#NAWD note: @TakeBackNEIU #solidarity w/#adjunct profs at #TeachIn | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Show solidarity w/part-timed profs: Teach-in 12-2pm SU 003 + Villg Sqre Info. Tables 10am-4pm http://tinyurl.com/nawdyneiu pic.twitter.com/icb9MS5IFM
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#Adjunct/ion Junction by @Vireeon broadcasting for #NAWD asks what's the #admin function?

Probably most of you won't remember this but it was a classic when I was growing up and wake up early on a Saturday morning, cereal bowl of Rice Krispees.
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Keith Hoeller's #NAWD op-ed @Chronicle ❝Unions Need to Step Up for Equality❞

Keith Hoeller's #NAWD op-ed @Chronicle ❝Unions Need to Step Up for Equality❞ | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The separate but unequal labor system, where the minority of tenured faculty members rule over the majority of contingents, is mirrored in bargaining units.
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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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#NAWD @CPFA_forum & The Tall Task of Unifying PT Profs HT @KateShannonJenk @TheAtlantic

#NAWD @CPFA_forum & The Tall Task of Unifying PT Profs HT @KateShannonJenk @TheAtlantic | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
As National Adjunct Walkout Day approaches, activists are wondering how to galvanize a collection of workers who drift from campus to campus.
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UA #adjunct faculty plan Feb25 #walkout for #NAWD - Arizona Daily Star

UA #adjunct faculty plan Feb25 #walkout for #NAWD - Arizona Daily Star | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Demonstration coincides with national walkout over wages, lack of job security.
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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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The College Misery: More on National Adjunct Walkout Day/Action Week

The College Misery: More on National Adjunct Walkout Day/Action Week | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Following up on Alice's contribution last week, here's another blog with some ideas and information about National Adjunct Walkout Day (and/or its partner event, National Adjunct Action -- or perhaps that's Awareness -- Week).  

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CA #adjunct news: @CSU using more part-time faculty than full-time profs

CA #adjunct news: @CSU using more part-time faculty than full-time profs | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Like private-sector employers who turned to temporary workers during the recession, California State University relied on more part-time faculty than full-time professors last academic year as the 23-campus system looked to cut costs.
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another #NAWD tweet by @mmstrikesback

another #NAWD tweet by @mmstrikesback | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Theseus was small but strong.#adjuncts use your strength on #NAWD We are the WORKING POOR! @adjunctproff @manville71 pic.twitter.com/fVd5YFSgg6
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Got my tweet picked up by Scoop It!