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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 12:30 PM
Kroll's look at community colleges, well, a bit droll
VanessaVaile's comment, January 4, 2013 3:22 PM
better droll than troll
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TC3 #Adjunct Association

TC3 #Adjunct Association | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Have you heard? Adjunct faculty at Tompkins Cortland Community College have begun organizing a union -- the TC3 Adjunct Association!

 

Our overarching goal is to build a strong and democratic organization and negotiate a fair contract. This will ultimately help to decrease the high adjunct turnover that exists at TC3 and enhance the college’s ability to both attract and retain the most dedicated and qualified adjunct workforce possible — things that can only help to improve TC3’s ability to offer the best educational experience we can for our students....


Questions? Please email us at tc3adjunctassociation@gmail.com or feel free to contact any member of the TC3 Adjunct Association Organizing Committee directly.

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10 Business Lessons for #HigherEd « @TruthOut

10 Business Lessons for #HigherEd « @TruthOut | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Ten Business Lessons for Higher Education Truth-Out Schools may save money by hiring faculty on a contingent basis, but with massive fixed costs like building upkeep, administration, and support staff, is it really a good business decision to cut...
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Gamers have functioning online communities... Higher education should too!

Gamers have functioning online communities... Higher education should too! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The gamers' natural habitat today is online. Games are played online, some games only exist there, and discussion groups are active. No wonder connected learning has taken an interest in gamers. My...
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#COCALXI coverage on Twitter

#COCALXI coverage on Twitter | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Recent COCAL XI Conference (August 3-6, John Jay College, NYC) on Twitter via #COCALXI hashtag

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While waiting for COCAL International's reports/summaries on plenary sessions and Special Interest Groups (SIG), searching the twitter hashtag is your best source. 

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Job insecurity in academia harms the mental well being of non-tenure track faculty - EurekAlert

Job insecurity in academia harms the mental well being of non-tenure track faculty - EurekAlert | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Job insecurity in academia harms the mental wellbeing of non-tenure track faculty EurekAlert (press release) Non-tenure-track academics experience stress, anxiety, and depression due to their insecure job situation, according to the first survey of...
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#Adjunct Faculty in the News: #COCALXI—img « @smarois_ulaval…#PSLF bill…petition & more

#Adjunct Faculty in the News: #COCALXI—img « @smarois_ulaval…#PSLF bill…petition & more | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Adjunct faculty conference discussion focuses on right to strike: Inside Higher Ed - 8/5/2014. (above image by Sylvain Marois, attending COCAL XI for Fneeq-CSN)
NEW YORK - If adjuncts want more workplace rights, they have to take them.
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The (Mostly Awful) Things You Learn After Investigating Unpaid Internships for ... - Pacific Standard

The (Mostly Awful) Things You Learn After Investigating Unpaid Internships for ... - Pacific Standard | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The (Mostly Awful) Things You Learn After Investigating Unpaid Internships for ...
Pacific Standard
And the government has conveniently created loopholes exempting its interns from federal labor standards.
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Mixed Results in Organizing Adjunct Faculty at Private Universities ...

Mixed Results in Organizing Adjunct Faculty at Private Universities ... | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
SEIU has been pursuing a regional strategy to organize adjunct faculty in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The campaign is called Adjunct Action. Thus far, the results have been mixed. In mid-June, adjunct faculty at ...
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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?

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#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.

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MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS APPLIED TO ADJUNCT FACULTY

MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS APPLIED TO ADJUNCT FACULTY | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
         
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The adjunked professor http://adjunkedprofessor.wordpress.com is on our feed readers and precarious faculty's "precarity blogroll" at http://www.precariousfacultyblog.com/ 

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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 

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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!

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

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A Bad Week « @ReadyWriting @InsideHigher Ed (blog)

A Bad Week « @ReadyWriting @InsideHigher Ed (blog) | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

A Bad Week - Inside Higher Ed's College Ready Writing blog "about education, higher ed, teaching, and trying to re-imagine how we provide education."  Lee Skallerup writes: 

 

❝Adjuncts have skills that are valuable. I have skills that are valuable and that are now valued within my position. Many adjuncts have long wanted to make a difference, but are trapped by their positions (or lack thereof) from being able to really do anything about it. So we find our own ways of making a difference. And those ways don’t often fit within the narrow confines of what we consider “good behavior of an academic,” be it taking to the Internet, taking a post-ac job, union organizing, or embracing an alt-ac label.

 

I have finally found a place, “in real life” and on social media. I won’t criticize those who have also found their way to make a difference. And for those who feel like we’re making a bigger difference than you, bringing us down won’t make you feel any more powerful, at least not in the long term.❞ 

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'Tree of Academic Freedom' blooms as UM lecturers, students protest sedition rap - The Malay Mail Online

'Tree of Academic Freedom' blooms as UM lecturers, students protest sedition rap - The Malay Mail Online | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The Malay Mail Online 'Tree of Academic Freedom' blooms as UM lecturers, students protest sedition rap The Malay Mail Online A student hold up a signboard in protest over the sedition charge levied against law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom at...
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More #newbeginnings for @precariousfac network

More #newbeginnings for @precariousfac network | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Some but not all the Tumblr ”precarious faculty network” blogs are gone for good (Wayback Machine, Google cache and others not withstanding). Adjunct Stories and Precarity Dispatches remain intact....
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The Sucky Job of Adjunct | Simple Justice

The Sucky Job of Adjunct | Simple Justice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The adjunct is supposed to pick up the slack between the “real” professor, whose primary interest is crafting a law review article that someone will read and, dare they hope, cite, and the student who anticipates that after three ...
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Santa Fe Community College moves to cut $5M deficit - Albuquerque Journal

Santa Fe Community College moves to cut $5M deficit - Albuquerque Journal | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Santa Fe Community College moves to cut $5M deficit Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College is facing a $5 million shortfall, its interim president disclosed Tuesday, and the college board later in the day unanimously approved a...
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Public Schools Under Attack

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Review of Mercedes K. Schneider's "Public Schools Under Attack" by Seth Sandronsky

 

Want names of and motives for public school reformers? Read A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Education by Mercedes K. Schneider (Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2014).

 

The author has skin in this game. She is a public school teacher against the corporate conquest of community-based public education. Schneider opens with a chapter on Joel Klein, former head of New York City’s Department of Education, now on the payroll of Rupert Murdoch, a billionaire media owner. In an era of growing income inequality, such corporatists and reformers are two sides of the same coin, according to Schneider.

Her evidence for this assertion is compelling. The implications are chilling.

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GI Bill loophole keeps 4 major for-profit educators from violating law - Center For Investigative Reporting

GI Bill loophole keeps 4 major for-profit educators from violating law - Center For Investigative Reporting | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
International Business Times GI Bill loophole keeps 4 major for-profit educators from violating law Center For Investigative Reporting That's among the findings of a 22-page Senate report released today by Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa, chairman of...
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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. 

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

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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, ...

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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. 

 

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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.

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The struggle for Silvertown

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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.

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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"

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Does any of this sound familiar?

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