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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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Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions

Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The #AdjunctProject's crowdsourcing compilation makes College Misery. Is this better than Inside #HigherEd and praise from the president of the MLA or just different?

 

Don't miss the comments: smart, with edge but without that fusty academic press flavor

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The Adjunct Project

The Adjunct Project | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The word project comes from the Latin word projectum from the Latin verb proicere, "to throw something forward"... originally meant "something that comes before anything else happens." Josh writes. 

 

"The Adjunct Project is a way for us to compile data on treatment of contingent faculty. Combining our knowledge and resources will help us all to better understand the reality of life as an adjunct professor. The goal of this website is to identify universities that set the standard for best practices with regard to adjuncts. The best schools should be recognized and honored for what they are doing.

 

The project is also designed to promote transparency in higher education employment practices for the sake of teachers, students, and parents. Eventually, the data compiled on this form can be used as a factor in determining accreditation."

 

The Adjunct Project page includes links to the adjunct pay and working conditions crowdsourcing spreadsheet, form for adding information, feedback page and blog where any adjunct can write a post.

 

"The Adjunct Project will always be in the hands of the adjuncts. Use the feedback page to leave comments, advice, questions, and suggestions. Communicate with each other. If you have a longer comment, visit the blog page and write a post."

 

 

 

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New Faculty Majority Welcomes You!

New Faculty Majority Welcomes You! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct & Contingent Equity (Do you know about the New Faculty Majority? NFM works on all issues related to contingent faculty. Check it out!
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Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions

Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Don't skip clicking the link to the Google Doc at http://is.gd/nSRVbk. Add your information. It's important. Read the post alread and added information? That's nice. Now revisit the post. scroll down and catch up on all the comments posted since then. It's as busy as any comment section on IHE or the Chronicle ~ minus trolls too.  Then revisit the crowdsourcing doc and read the comments there too.

 

Josh Boldt's post on his blog, Copy & Paste, http://copy--paste.com and the accompanying crowdsourcing GoogleDoc are, if not going viral, then well on the way, ~ at least in the adjunctiverse corner of academentia. Both gather more viewers and comments by the day Now, with international interest and a recent hat tip in major academic media, the gates of the adjunct information ghetto are opening. There is surely more to come too: adunct interest in crowdsourcing is growing.

 

Josh opens, "Yesterday, Michael Bérubé, president of the Modern Language Association and newfound hero of contingent faculty everywhere, published the essay "Among the Majority" on the MLA web, http://www.mla.org/fromthepres, ... "

 

Taking Bérubé's comments on adjunct pay inequity (so well known by us but too often brushed off  by administration, tenured faculty and the general public), Josh proposes and initiates action: crowdsouce to collect information about pay and working conditions to share and make public ~ throw open the windows and let the sun shine in. He explains, 

 

"In order to begin this process, I’ve created a Google Doc to crowdsource information from adjuncts about the conditions at their respective universities. Things like course pay, benefits, retirement, and contracts. Let’s combine forces and establish which schools are doing good work, and which are doing bad. Fill in as much information as you feel comfortable doing, and be sure to tweet this document and share it via Facebook, email, listserv, or anywhere else you can think of."

 

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InChorus | Innovation in Education

InChorus | Innovation in Education | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
InChorus is a member-owned non-profit corporation providing adjunct faculty staffing and support services.
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Woman Spreads Occupy Wall Street's Message Via RV

Woman Spreads Occupy Wall Street's Message Via RV | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Profile on Janet Wilson, woman behind Occupy the Roads...

 

We could do an adjunct version of Occupy the Roads. Maybe a network of freeway flyers, road scholars and other precariously employed academic gypsies. Adjuncts teaching at multiple institutions are always on the road.

 

What a great way to collect and share adjunct stories too.

 

http://www.occupytheroads.com/blog/

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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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Introducing: Joe Berry's COCAL Updates

Introducing: Joe Berry's COCAL Updates | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Excerpted from Joe Berry's well known email list aggregating news and information about COCAL, labor, organizing NTT faculty labor and other contingent faculty issues.

 

Email joeberry@igc.org to subscribe to the complete COCAL Updates

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A Professor by Any Other Name …

A Professor by Any Other Name … | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

NTT Faculty are on the 21st Century Scholar menu this week. Here Maria Maisto follows Mon-Fri posts by Adrianna Kezar. Maria opens, 

 

"It doesn’t take long, once you decide to explore the issue of non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty, to come up against one of the biggest stumbling blocks to communication and to action: the thorny question of terminology."

 

and closes with

 

"Rather than having the same discussions about language over and over so that we are spinning our wheels, we need to engage in the debates about nomenclature with an eye on the bigger picture and the determination to make real progress toward that goal of faculty equality and educational quality. Adjunct, contingent, or NTT faculty, whatever they choose to be called, should recognize that the numbers alone—75% of the total faculty population—give them claim to the term 'faculty'—with no qualifiers at all. Or we could just take a lesson from our students: after all, most of them call all of us 'professor'."

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Fight for Your Long Day: A Comic Adaptation by Nathan Holic

Fight for Your Long Day: A Comic Adaptation by Nathan Holic | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Artist Nathan Holic transforms Alex Kudera's novel Fight for Your Long Day, into a comic strip, bringing this satire of academia to life in a whole new way.

 

(Neat A graphic too)

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The Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty – this ain't livin'

Have been in this situation. It's true. The Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty – this ain't livin' http://t.co/JQ0LZ1Jx (Faculty are 99% too)...
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Introduction to NFM Action Plan

Introduction to NFM Action Plan | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
This site is maintained by the New Faculty Majority Foundation in order to promote dialogue about the general framework it has proposed to guide reform of faculty employment practices in higher e...
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Plan to outsource MATC's adjunct teaching falls largely on deaf ears

Plan to outsource MATC's adjunct teaching falls largely on deaf ears | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The often contentious relationship between Madison Area Technical College administrators and the president of the school's part-time teachers' union was...

 

Campus Connection: Mike Kent, president of MATC's part-time teachers union, continues to push for a member-owned, nonprofit corporation that would provide adjuct faculty staffing and support services for the college.

 

With the [last] contract still not ratified, Gov. Scott Walker introduced his budget repair bill last February that all but destroyed public-sector unions in the state... the part-time union decided to vote to ratify ... [b]ut the MATC District Board refused to sign off on the deal.

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Shortly thereafter, Kent and other members of the part-time teachers union leadership started putting together their proposal to provide MATC with adjunct faculty staffing services. 

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As it stands now, the MATC Part-time Teachers' Union will likely vanish after its current contract with the school expires at the end of June. 

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