What happens if all faculty jobs were subject to the "law" of supply and demand?
One of my favorite – and by favorite, I mean most irritating – responses people weighing in on the treatment of contingent academic labor offer is some version of “There’s nothing we can do, it’s supply and demand.”
The tenure system at American colleges and universities is broken and is adversely affecting the lives of both teachers and students. The time to stand up for change has come.
It’s time for adjuncts and those who depend upon them to stand up against the top-down management style now employed by higher education administrations, time to remember that the focus of education should be students and the greater good.
We’re setting Halloween of 2017 as a date for adjuncts to stand up and be heard.This is just a short excerpt for the about page
fyi this is a new adjunct blog, not the original "A is for Adjunct." We're thrilled to see new adjunct blogs appear, always hoping they will thrive.
Is the name of this one a reminder to get active again? Maybe, but once again Scoop.it has cut formerly available features on free accounts -- among this round, no more rss.
...is a documentary about higher education's best kept secret
Freeway Fliers documents the growth of part-time (adjunct, contingent, associate, non-tenure track) faculty in America's colleges and universities, and the circumstances under which they work and contribute to the their students, our economy, and our society.
This film is the story of the unknown outsiders of higher education, and the prospects for change.
This is the story of the outsiders of higher education, the adjuncts that carry the loads, but don't reap the pay and benefits.
an appeal from Bradley Jackson Rettele
Alright #adjuncts, #FreewayFliers is in the final stages of production and we adjuncts have spent all of our money (we didn't have much to start with). We've gotta pay some professionals for things that we can't do ourselves, and we haven't been successful in finding people that will work for adjunct wages. We would most appreciative if you could share this kickstarter site.
This film will be available for free via online streaming, and is guaranteed to spark debate in the hallowed halls of academia. To date, the makers of this film, all adjuncts, have self-funded this film, but we need finishing funds to help with animated graphics, sound mixing, music, and travel, food, and lodging expenses for its final stage.
I started adjuncting in spring 2006, about two weeks after turning in my MA thesis at California State University, Chico. I was hired to teach sociology by an Anthropology professor I’d taken in grad school who was also the chair of the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) department at Butte Community College. I reread my journal from that time and oh man, I was so happy to have a job right out of grad school.
But my happiness lasted only a brief period and right away I learned how easily adjuncts are hired and fired.
Today, adjuncts across the United States are staging walk-outs, teach-ins, and other types of action to bring attention to the adjunct plight. Adjuncts are precarious workers and even though I had no clue I was an adjunct when I was hired, it didn’t take long to learn I was on the shit end of the stick. I worked in low wage service work before I went back to school in my 30’s; I know what precarity feels like.
Read the rest of this don't miss essay and more by Julie at Ethnography.com. Follow@Worknclasteachr on Twitter. Image: Joe, Julie, and Marc on the road for “If These Halls Could Talk” from Ethnography.com
Adjuncts comprise 41% of Willamette’s faculty by Zane Sparling
Throwing rallies, teach-ins and sometimes marching out of the classroom, hundreds of part-time and temporary higher-education teachers participated in National Adjunct Walkout Day on February 25, 2015.
The event was observed at Willamette, too, but the celebration was a lonely one. Professor Scott Vandehey was the only adjunct at Willamette to participate in National Adjunct Walkout Day.
Across the state, UUP chapters are hosting CEW activities such as informational tables, petition drives and community forums. Albany, Cortland, Fredonia, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego and Plattsburgh are among the chapters taking part in CEW events. Please contact specific chapters for more information.
Dipti Desai is a professor of the arts and art education at New York University. She teaches both pre-service and in-service art teachers. As she watched what was happening in the world of education, she decided to create a graphic to illustrate the "Educational Industrial Complex." Readers may know that when President Dwight D. Eisenhower…
Campus Equity Week, Oct. 26-30, is all about educating students, parents and education advocates, who are shocked to discover that many part-time professors live below the poverty line due to wages that are a fraction of what full-time faculty earn. And it is about changing the paradigm of exploitation by circulating petitions and surveys, holding membership drives and crafting fair contracts that provide job security, higher wages and better working conditions so that adjuncts don't have to wait tables to make ends meet.
"Blog Action Day is a community of bloggers who come together to have a global conversation about an important theme for one day.
It’s easy and free to take part in Blog Action Day. Simply develop a post about our theme topic, publish it on October 16, share it with the Blog Action Day community and talk about the posts you like best on social media.
Why we picked #RaiseYourVoice as our themeWe have the power to create the world we want to see when we raise our voice to promote positive change and expose unjust actions. However, those who speak out are often under attack. This Blog Action Day we will celebrate those heroes who raise their voice when faced with censorship, threats and even violence. We will raise our voices to defend their right to raise theirs. We will overcome silence with our words and actions. We will share their stories. We will fight for those whose voice has been silenced."
With President Obama’s new community college initiative, which foresees the potential to offer 9 million students free tuition for two years, it surprises me that no one is talking about who is going to teach students and how they are going to be...
Sunday March 8, 3-8 pm PDT: Join Bay Area artists, educators, unions, activists and workers to celebrate the recent excitement and organizing success of Adjuncts at SFAI, CCA, St. Mary's College, Mills, Dominican University!
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.
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