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AAUP: Campus Equity Week

AAUP: Campus Equity Week | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Campus Equity Week, known as Fair Employment Week in some states and in Canada, is designed to draw attention to the dramatic decrease in the proportion of professors who hold tenure-track positions 

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Outstanding Student Loan Debt to Hit $1 Trillion Before End of 2011

Outstanding Student Loan Debt to Hit $1 Trillion Before End of 2011 | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
With that much money, Loop 21 shows you what you can buy.
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ann larson's comment, October 24, 2011 4:51 PM
There's a movement as part of Occupy Wall Street for student loan forgiveness and free public higher ed. I reported on the discussions here:

http://democracyineducation.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/a-report-from-the-occupy-wall-street-student-debt-working-group/
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An academic affiliation or your self worth? Which is more valuable?

An academic affiliation or your self worth? Which is more valuable? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

From The Hour of the Bewilderness » Blog Archive » An academic affiliation or your self worth? Which is more valuable?

 

After reading ABDMama’s comment it was clear that she was concerned as the ways in which academic publishers or conference organizers look at those not formally employed in academia. Is it more difficult for these people to publish? Are publishers or conference organizers looking at the scholarship or merely at the institutional affiliation? These questions were asked in reply to this post [How to do research: The Real Challenge for the University Sector] I thought that this is something to think about and even to write about.

 

So what conclusions did I come to? ....  My unofficial survey revealed that a university address doesn’t seem to matter much when you submit papers to publishers or conferences. What seems to be more important is how the individual submitting the paper or abstract feels about their status.

 

Originally posted at http://www.senseworlds.com/bewilderness/ 

 

(read the rest of the post at http://www.senseworlds.com/bewilderness/2011/10/11/sense-of-self/

 

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Occupy Santa Fe: Photo Essay

Occupy Santa Fe: Photo Essay | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Photo Essay: On Sat. Oct. 8, participants of Occupy Santa Fe gathered outside the Bank of America at the busy corner of Paseo de Peralta and St. Francis Drive.

 

Featuring Santa Fe Community College adjuncts holding relevant signs. They plan to organize to have more colleagues join them at the demos.

 

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News: 'No More Plan B' - Inside Higher Ed

Leaders of history association, arguing that academic job market isn't getting better, call for new ideas on career paths, and adjustments in doctoral education.
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October Issue of Raging Chicken Press + Commentary on the Occupy Movement | Raging Chicken Press

October Issue of Raging Chicken Press + Commentary on the Occupy Movement | Raging Chicken Press | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
We are living during an incredible moment in history. Finally, after years of taking it on the chin, sucking it up, and keeping heads down a movement is em...
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MLAConvention 2011: Contingent Faculty Session

MLAConvention 2011: Contingent Faculty Session | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Communicating Contingent Realities, Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Part-Time Faculty Members

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Labor Movement Rolls Into Wall Street Occupation | AlterNet

Labor Movement Rolls Into Wall Street Occupation | AlterNet | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street seems to be following the trajectory of grassroots organizing: a spark of protest led by younger activists, followed by the support of labor organizations.


September 30, 201...

 

Other labor-oriented solidarity actions have been undertaken by professors at the City University of New York affiliated with the Professional Staff Congress union (of which this author is also a member). Their group, Solidarity with OWS, is organizing a demonstration against police abuse this Friday afternoon. (Other notable lefty academic allies include Frances Fox Piven, Christian Parenti, and Stanley Aronowitz.)

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The New Faculty Majority: Occupation Updates: Breaks in the Media Blackout

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NFM has been following, sharing links on FB but not covering Occupy Wall Street in the same depth as either Defend Education and 'Junct Rebellion. Our readers, however, are following events and sharing similar dismay over the conspicuous absence of US mainstream media. This makes a welcome update - and, for others less keenly interested, a cautionary reminder against being too dismissive of a grassroots reaction.

 

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Bus Art: Transportation with Style | WebUrbanist

Bus Art: Transportation with Style | WebUrbanist | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Buses invite artists to decorate with beautiful murals and intricate displays of skill and attention.

 

This was mis-post ~ originally intended for flânerie. Catching my mistake, I shared it there but decided against deleting the entry. In urban areas,  public transportation is part of the adjunct experience as are subways.  Where then do these adjuncts hold office hours with no car or office? Bus stops? 

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AFT FACE - Members at Eastern Michigan University Ratify New ...

AFT FACE - Members at Eastern Michigan University Ratify New ... | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
In a 91-0 vote in favor of ratifying the proposed contract, contingent faculty at Eastern Michigan University won a series of benefits, including a pathway to better job security. The contract creates an evaluation system based on ...
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My Office Door

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This is the bulletin board on my office door. I'm hoping to start a trend.

 

This is Kate's office door. Who's next? Come on... put, post, publish, parade about wearing the BIG RED A.  Send a link or digital image  YOUR RED A to vcrary@yahoo.com and see your it here on "A is for Adjunct"

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The New Faculty Majority: Hands Up for Fair Employment

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FPSE (Federation of Post-Secondary Education) President's Statement for Fair Employment Week #FEW (Canadian version of #CEW2011)

 

This week in post-secondary institutions across Canada faculty and staff are highlighting the problems that non-regular faculty face in their demand for fair employment. It is a struggle that every local in our Federation takes on at the bargaining table and throughout the term of their collective agreements: the struggle to achieve fair and secure employment for every member.

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Community college financial decision worries union

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SEATTLE (AP) — The decision to declare a financial emergency at Washington state's community and technical colleges is drawing concern from the union that represents faculty at the schools.

 

The article goes on to state that "Last month's action by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges would allow individual colleges to declare their own financial emergencies and then have an easier time laying off faculty without having to adhere to some contracted job protections."

 

That worries  Sandra Schroeder, president of WA chapter of the AFT. Imagine, treating tenured faculty no better than adjuncts. Niemöller comes to mind... first they outsourced to fire staff and then they came for the adjuncts. 

 

h/t to Jack Longmate for this article. He replied with a letter to the editor that we will run when published ~ and hope to publish if not run.

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#Change11 : MOOCs A Disruptive Force in Higher Education

#Change11 : MOOCs A Disruptive Force in Higher Education | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Much has been written about networked learning in general theoretical terms but much less on its applicability to specific learning situations in the real education world. Doubtless there are funda...
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VanessaVaile's comment, October 31, 2011 12:34 PM
Thanks for the sharing too Ana. I think we really need to get the MOOC concept out to highered teaching community - and explain them because too many lump all online ed in the same pile without differentiation. It is also an important academic - especially contingent - labor issue.
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Cut everywhere, not just what you want to buy

Cut everywhere, not just what you want to buy | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Where people should cut in their budget is not in what they want to buy or the extra luxuries they are cutting out of their lives — they should cut everywhere that they can.

 

If you don’t have money, you can’t spend on things that you think you need. Go back to the basics: Food, Shelter, Heat and Clothing.

 

Anything else is a luxury when you are on a shoestring budget, literally. Only when you have extra money, can you upgrade in other areas.

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Rhetoric and Composition: Academic Capitalism, Cheap Teachers, and Professors Who Don’t Give a Damn

 (article about Rhet Comp and adjuncts)

 

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 .... This is not just a local problem. Recent data shows that adjuncts now earn a national average salary of just $2,758 per course, which means teaching eight to ten courses per year results in a salary of $22,064 and $27,500. These are poverty and near-poverty wages.

 

(recommended by postacademic)

 

http://democracyineducation.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/rhetoric-and-composition-academic-capitalism-cheap-teachers-and-professors-who-dont-give-a-damn/

http://democracyineducation.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

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Disruptive Situation: Contingent Faculty Edition

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In this ongoing ProfHacker “Disruption” series, today we take on a complex and sensitive subject: adjunct faculty. This installment to the disruptive series is not to imply that adjunct faculty members are or can be “disruptive.” Not at all. However, if you have been around higher education for very long, you know that perceptions about and from adjunct labor can be skewed. What this post attempts to do is shine a light on the problems part-time faculty face in their classes, as the standards our department sets for teaching are sometimes different for part-time labor than they are for tenure-line faculty.

 

Additionally, there are many problems associated with using part-time labor– and this is not the part-time laborers fault. As tenured, as tenure-track faculty, as administrators, we are positions (presumably) to change the problem environment thereby removing potential disruptions to student learning.

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How #OccupyWallStreet is evolving and gaining power -- New Internationalist

How #OccupyWallStreet is evolving and gaining power -- New Internationalist | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Now in its third week, the protest movement not only continues to grow – it is maturing and becoming stronger in impressive ways, writes Mark Engler.
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On Our Way To Brooklyn | OccupyWallSt.org

On Our Way To Brooklyn | OccupyWallSt.org | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
News and resources for protesters attending the mass demonstration on Wall Street against financial greed and corruption...
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The New Faculty Majority: Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right

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What can can adjuncts, contingent faculty and other marginalized academic knowledge workers learn from Occupy Wall Street about organizing and building a movement that we can't from either marketing strategies or by the book union methods?

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Adjuncts Make Strides Towards Equitable Pay - PSU The Clock

Adjuncts Make Strides Towards Equitable Pay - PSU The Clock | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Adjuncts Make Strides Towards Equitable PayPSU The ClockAccording to this standard, the adjunct professors at Plymouth State University have been severely exploited. PSU employs almost 300 adjunct faculty members.
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The New Faculty Majority: How to save the traditional university

The New Faculty Majority: How to save the traditional university | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Here's more homework, reading to get us up to speed for when the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education meets in Boston at UMass, November 4-6 ... and this isn't even the half of it. Got questions for the Think Tank (Center for the Future... etc), ideas to add or items to suggest for the agenda? We'd like to hear them and promise to pass them on. Come too if you can. The better our turnout, the stronger our voice; and the stronger our voice, the harder ignore us and our issues.

 

So read through these briefly annotated links excerpted from Omnivore ~ and then read the rest there,  http://www.bookforum.com/blog/

 

 

http://thenewfacultymajority.blogspot.com/2011/09/cfhe-meeting.html

 

http://futureofhighered.org/

 

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On Hiring, The 2-year Track - The Chronicle of Higher Education

On Hiring, The 2-year Track - The Chronicle of Higher Education | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Just remember: we said it here FIRST but that is not as important than getting more adjuncts, contingent faculty, all NTT academic knowledge workers , and our supporters on board with AND WEARING  the BIG RED A 

 

Isaac Sweeney writes in The Chronicle, If you see a red “A” on a colleague’s door, it probably doesn’t mean “Adultery.” The “A” is for “Adjunct.”

 

I first heard of this movement from Katherine Burke, a part-time instructor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, who posted the idea on the Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Faculty Facebook page. She didn’t come up with the idea originally, she says, but she is committed to raising awareness, especially among students. You can see a photo of Burke’s “A” at her blog.

 

A red “A” signifies that you are an adjunct, some other contingent faculty member, or that you sympathize with contingent faculty members. The idea is to signify some level of unification and to spread awareness. Imagine if a student sees more and more red letters .... Eventually, a student is going to ask someone what it means.

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The trick to this, though, is that people have to be willing to answer questions when students or colleagues ask about the red “A”. Contingent faculty members have to be willing to stand up, to take that first plunge, to put that “A” where it can be seen. And supporters who aren’t contingent faculty have to be willing to put themselves out there as well.

 

Kate's blog  http://learningtheatrically.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/my-office-door/

 

 

Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Faculty, http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/190145554360138/

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