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College Affordability? For whom?

College Affordability? For whom? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Ethan Valerick on the New Faculty Majority blog writes, 

 

"A little story: one that occurs to me as I wait high above a rather nice golf course, Eagle Crest, waiting for the start of a weekend powwow of those who have signed on with the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education. It regards, my little story, college affordability."

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Being a Stupid Slut

Being a Stupid Slut | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Fast forward several decades. I’ve been an adjunct professor in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. Adjunct. Contingent. AdCon. Part-time. NTT. Lots of names are used for what I do as a precarious wage-laborer in the edu-factory that used to be academia.

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Since we’re about to head out on the road with the documentary, I welcome a conversation about this — and invitations from others who might want to have this conversation as part of our film. We can certainly document the suffering; there is plenty of it.

 

But can we begin now to deliberately contemplate ways of shifting this paradigm toward a new and positive reality? I’m not talking about unions, or legislation, or walk-outs, exactly. I’m talking about the kind of energetic shift that creates new realities. 

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More Green River Adjunct Workshop coverage + CPFA Conference

More Green River Adjunct Workshop coverage + CPFA Conference | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Doesn't this make you want to go out and put on a conference just for adjuncts or throw a workshop of your own? When you do, be sure to let us know about it. Jack Longmate sets the example here by writing letting us know about the feature in the student newspaper and a video on YouTube.

 

"The April 20 “The Solution to Faculty Apartheid” conference held at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA, which featured Keith Hoeller, Frank Cosco, Kathryn Re, and me, is described in a feature in the college’s student newspaper, The Current. Click on the issue and then advance to page 10 for a nice picture of Frank and Keith."

 

The main feature is a video of presentations on part time college faculty working conditions that looks at the differences between full and part time faculty pay and other issues and possible solutions to these problems.

 

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Adjunct professors are hiding in plain sight.

Adjunct professors are hiding in plain sight. | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
So here’s me in the Denver Post trying to change the (academic) world again. It’s online only so I’d be grateful if you click through and recommend or just share widely so that th...

 

... writes Jonathon Rees at More or Less Bunk, http://moreorlessbunk.wordpress.com (the ten-fac blog every adjunct should add to his or her reader)

 

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_20490316/guest-commentary-adjunct-professors-are-hiding-plain-sight ;

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Don't know jack about Jack?

Don't know jack about Jack? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

What is the story about Jack Longmate, Olympic
College and the Olympic College faculty union? There have been pieces in the acadamic press and limited discussion on lists for over a year but not the coverage one might expect for something this newsworthy. It is not every day - more like not any day - that adjunct defy their unions. Just what did Jack do to earn such onus from his union? 

 

h/t http://trotacampos.tumblr.com for heads up

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Adjunct Challenges College's Accreditation Over Alleged Failure to Stop Union Retaliation

Adjunct Challenges College's Accreditation Over Alleged Failure to Stop Union Retaliation | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Peter Schmidt in Faculty, @Chronicle #HigherEd

 

Jack Longmate, a part-time English instructor involved in a long-running battle with the faculty union at Olympic College in Washington State, is now challenging that community college's accreditation based on a claim that it failed to protect him from union retaliation for his dissent from union positions.

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The Northwest Commission faced similar pressure (http://chronicle.com/article/Adjunct-Professor-in/100156) from another prominent advocate for adjuncts, Keith Hoeller, to act against colleges in 1997. Mr. Hoeller had argued that Washington State's community colleges were violating the commission's standards by relying too heavily on part-timers, but the commission did not act on his complaint, and Mr. Hoeller failed in an effort to enlist U.S. Department of Education officials in forcing the commission's hand.  

 

In recent months, however, the New Faculty Majority (http://newfacultymajority.info) and various other advocates for adjunct faculty members have mounted new efforts (http://chronicle.com/article/Accreditation-Is-Eyed-as-a/131292) to persuade accrediting bodies to make the treatment and working conditions of such faculty members a major concern. Regional accreditors have said they already take the working conditions of adjuncts into account, but they are open to the idea of doing more on that front.

 

(PS Read the comments too ~ don't skip them)

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May Actions: Adjunct Spring (WTBD)

May Actions: Adjunct Spring (WTBD) | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Adjunct Spring: What Is To Be Done? Saturday, May 5, 2012 2:00-5:00 EST Limerick Irish Eatery (Quechee, VT): twitter “limerickirishea” or “rcbatp” LiveStream (N+1 Academy) Facebook Event: Ad...

 

Goal: to workshop, discuss, and develop action steps designed to increase the visibility of the adjunct crisis. As the result of this first meeting, it is also very important to present to the broader academic and non-academic community at least three new ways to resist the owner class administrators and trustee members.

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Legislative Triumph in Colorado!

Legislative Triumph in Colorado! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

A giant step forward for #ContingentFaculty everywhere, HB 1144 passed the Senate, now awaits expected signing. The good news story we've been following has the ending we hoped for. In my opinion, it also speaks to future possibilities for Program for Change, authored by Jack Longmate and Frank Fosco.

 

A more complete account and "Colorado Adjunct Project" update from team member and long time contingent faculty activist, Don Eron of the Colorado AAUP :

 

"Dear Colleagues, You will be interested to learn that on Tuesday Colorado House Bill 1144, the so-called "Contingent Faculty Bill," was passed by the Democratic-controlled State Senate, 22-12. This followed on the heels of a dramatic, and surprising, 36-29 victory last month in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. House Bill 1144 is now on the desk of the Democratic governor, who is expected to sign it.

 

The law will give state universities and colleges the option of engaging in binding employment contracts with NTTF for up to three years."

 

(continue to link to read the complete account)

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DonEron--AAUP, Candidate for Second VP

DonEron--AAUP, Candidate for Second VP | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

This is the web site for Don Eron, candidate for Second Vice President of AAUP

 

All AAUP candidate statements, in pdf format, are available the AAUP website, http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/about/bus/elections/candidates.htm

 

 

Read ALL of them for references to adjunct / contingent faculty and positions on contingent faculty

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Who’s really violent? Tips for controlling the narrative

Who’s really violent? Tips for controlling the narrative | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

"New York City subway ad for a Diego Rivera exhibition, modified for Occupy Wall Street. By Poster Boy NYC.

 

Something to read before heading out to occupy something March 1. Bookmark http://wagingnonviolence.org/ and have a good breakfast too.

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Increments, overloads and caps

Increments, overloads and caps | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Increment_Discussion_04.pdf Download this file Union affiliation is fine even commendable and should be an uncontested right available to all faculty. That does not preclude casting the occasional cold, critical eye when warranted.
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The global trend towards casualisation

The global trend towards casualisation | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Generally speaking, the term 'casual' has positive connotations - relaxed, informal, easy-going. Applied to the world of labour, though, the reverse is true. It describes a situation of increasingl...

 

Passing the Buck: Corporate Restructuring and the Casualisation of Employment is the latest volume in the excellent Work Organisation Labour and Globalisation series*. It is reviewed here by Richy Leitch....The book examines the boom in casual employment over the last quarter of a century

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Adjunct Pay at Arkansas Colleges and Universities

Adjunct Pay at Arkansas Colleges and Universities | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The Adjunct Project is what its creator Josh Boldt calls accidental activism.

 

For example, here’s a chart of adjunct salaries at colleges and universities in my home state of Arkansas

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Adjunct Project Media Board

Adjunct Project Media Board | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I feel like it’s time to do a little aggregating. Over the course of this past semester, dozens of articles have popped up all over the country about The Adjunct Project. I was interviewed fo...

 

Josh continues...

 

By the way, if you want to drive a little traffic to your blog, write a post that references the Adjunct Project and I’ll mention your blog here.

 

If I missed any articles or interviews, post it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list. I will also update this list as new pieces are published, so it might be worth checking in occasionally to see what’s happening. You’ll notice I added the date after each entry to keep track of current news. The Google Document also continues to grow—up to about 1750 entries now.

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Major Adjunct News Article Coming Soon in The Chronicle

Everyone be on the lookout next week for an important piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Be sure to share it widely. Migrant Intellectual offers these comments regarding the article: Stace...

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A Q&A With Harry Kelber: 'Working People Have to Be Involved in Their Own Fate' | The Nation

A Q&A With Harry Kelber: 'Working People Have to Be Involved in Their Own Fate' | The Nation | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
New @thenation: my interview w/ Harry Kelber, 97 yr-old labor journalist, former strike leader/ academic/ candidate http://t.co/Sy6jbUyM #1u...
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Green River Workshop/TeachIn

Green River Workshop/TeachIn | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

April 20, 2012 Teach In: "The Solution to Faculty Apartheid" from original post to the Contingent Academics Mailing List, Sunday, April 22, 2012

Introduction / Frank Cosco / Jack Longmate / Workshop / Conclusion plus links to Power Point presentation, ppsx and swf formats

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CO Governor signs Contingent Faculty legislation

CO Governor signs Contingent Faculty legislation | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

from the New Faculty Majority blog:

 

Just in from Don Eron, news too good & too important not to share immediately with as many #adjuncts/#contingent faculty as possible. Pass it on ...dance on tables...

 

Don writes,

Colorado HB 12-1144, the Contingent Faculty Bill, was signed into law this afternoon. More information and pictures, including of the signing on the Colorado AAUP website. 

http://aaupcolorado.org/2012/04/12/hb-12-1144-signed-into-law-by-governor-hickenlooper/ ;

 

We did it

 

(PS More about Don Eron, 

https://sites.google.com/site/doneronaaup)

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The Homeless Adjunct Tour is Announced

The Homeless Adjunct Tour is Announced | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
In the last few months, the ‘Junct team – Chris LaBree and I – have traveled to NYC, D.C. (twice!) and to Chicago in order to show clips of the documentary and to give talks about...

 

So here is the news I would now like to share: Chris and I are in the planning stages of a Homeless Adjunct Tour. There is much more news to follow, because we are in the earliest phases of planning. We are hoping to be able to head out on the road a few times.

 

The first trip, beginning the last week of May, will see us heading west from Philadelphia, to meet up with people across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and then, depending on how the route takes shape, perhaps Illinois, Indiana, and then back home, perhaps, through West Virginia. The exact route isn’t final for this first trip yet, because we are hoping to hear from people who would like to invite us to their cities, their campuses, their organizations.

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The disposable professor crisis

The disposable professor crisis | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
For decades, colleges have been turning to adjuncts to cut costs -- and it's hurting students and educators alike...
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“World Class Education, Dirt Cheap”

“World Class Education, Dirt Cheap” | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I gave up this blog back in March when it appeared that its readership was only about six people, besides myself, who were already familiar with the events I was trying to chronicle.  I decided th...

 

UB Faculty Strike (1990-1992), "Recollections of the Longest Strike in Higher Education," is a blog and cautionary tale about the University of Bridgeport 

 

Today, author Alexander Kulcsar notes, "a whopping 83% of UB’s teaching employees work without the protections of tenure and due process (US Dept of Education numbers). If they’re like most “contingent” faculty in private colleges, they also work for low pay, no benefits, and no say in governance. 'World-class' education, dirt cheap."

 

.... and then, "The leaders of UB wanted a school run on the cheap, without interference from labor unions, or professional associations, as so many private and public colleges are proposing to do now, across the nation. That is why UB, in my opinion, is still immensely relevant. It’s on the cutting edge. It’s a model for the future, even as it is a shell of its former self."

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Rhetoric and Composition: Academic Capitalism and Cheap Teachers | Ann Larson

Rhetoric and Composition: Academic Capitalism and Cheap Teachers | Ann Larson | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Excepts from long but excellent article by Ann Larson published March 3, 2012, on her blog, http://annlarson.org

 

When I enrolled in the PhD Program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center to study Composition and Rhetoric, I was idealistic about the future of the discipline and my own place in it. I believed that Comp and Rhet (as I came to call it) was asking crucial questions that were central to the mission of higher education in America. I still believe that.

 

But, after working in the field in a number of full-time and part-time positions over several years, my idealism has turned to despair at what I now regard as Composition’s great shame. It has left me to doubt that there is a place in the field for me and for many others like me.

 

As anyone who teaches college writing is probably aware, the majority of such courses are taught by contingent faculty, including adjuncts and graduate students. These workers usually receive low wages and few benefits.

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The Real Problem: In Which It Turns Out that Academic Capitalism is Just Like Regular Capitalism

 

The previous discussion of disappearing full-time jobs in Composition and Rhetoric allows me to define some terms. What do I mean by the word “system” that I have been using so far?

 

Viewing contingency as a systemic problem means acknowledging that we can’t make everything better by cutting off the supply of PhDs, by encouraging veterans to retire, or by working harder for table scraps. And we certainly aren’t getting anywhere by waiting patiently for the field’s éminence grise to voluntarily develop an accurate grasp of the facts.

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But there is a way back to true relevance. Harvey’s theory of capitalism’s road to crisis suggests a new task for those who are in a better position than most to demand change. It is “the task of the educated discontented,” he writes, “to magnify the subaltern voice so that attention can be paid to the circumstances of exploitation and repression.” The well-known voices in our field must magnify the voices of their oppressed colleagues. A real “Contingency Studies” ought to start with the field’s veterans. As prominent members of the profession, it’s their responsibility to speak for and against that profession, and certainly for the next generation of scholars. These emissaries guard the gates of an academic discipline that is disintegrating. It’s time they recognized it.

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March 1st National Day of Action on Behalf of Higher Ed

March 1st National Day of Action on Behalf of Higher Ed | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
This week is one of those rare occasions in which the blog post for both sites I manage is the same.  My reason for this overlap is the severity of the crisis we face in Higher Education in the Un...

 

And so John A Casey Jr opens his invitation to an occupation, going onto to explain why and list Chicago events. 

 

Wherever you are, Occupy Education (which would be a #FiveWordTEDTalk).

http://www.occupyed.org/organizations/  

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Projecting adjuncts

Projecting adjuncts | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Adjunct professors now make up almost 70 percent of all faculty members in the United States. But, while we have a general sense of their precarious position, we haven't had a lot of information ab...

 

Now we do, thanks to the Adjunct Project....Boldt and other adjunct professors are starting to change that.

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Joe Berry's COCAL Updates 16Feb12

Joe Berry's COCAL Updates 16Feb12 | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Email Joe Berry, joeberry@igc.org, to subscribe to his well known email list aggregating news and information about COCAL, labor, organizing NTT faculty labor and other contingent faculty issues.

 

Joe has been doing the list longer than 10 years, since the first Campus Equity Week (CEW) and the founding of COCAL in Chicago. for a more complete picture of Joe's extensive background in higher ed, labor and academic labor organizing, check out this (somewhat outdated since he's in Berkeley now, not Chicago) bio page for Joe.

 

http://www.reclaimingtheivorytower.org/author.htm 

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