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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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Listeners Respond: The Two-Tier Wage System - The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: The Two-Tier Wage System - The Takeaway | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Take a look at academic labor. Colleges and universities are totally dependent on adjunct professors who work for much less than half the pay of their full time counterparts. This growing trend makes the two tier wage system ...
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The New Faculty Majority: Participate in NFM Survey on Back to School Hiring Experience

The New Faculty Majority: Participate in NFM Survey on Back to School Hiring Experience | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The NFM Foundation is launching a survey today to study the Fall 2011 back-to-school hiring process experienced by those faculty members employed in contingent (also known as adjunct or non-tenure-track positions, whether full-time or part-time).

 

The survey, which should take no longer than 15-20 minutes, is part of a larger study we are doing of hiring practices. This survey is intended to give us some preliminary data on what contingent faculty experience during the beginning of the academic year.

 

The survey link can be found below. We would appreciate receiving responses no later than Sept 20. We look forward to sharing the results with you. Please feel free to contact Dr. Esther Merves, Director of Research and Special Programs, if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating in more surveys and/or helping with research projects. She can be reached at esther.merves@newfacultymajority.info.

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AAUP: Memory Loss

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We must remember that we did not always have such a highly tiered system of inequality among faculty—and it does not have to be so. By Anne Cassebaum

 

The words colleagues and faculty used to mean all the people who taught with you. Now tenured and tenure-track faculty members tend to think of colleagues only as those who share their status and job security

 

Half may now work in a disenfranchised world with diminished opportunity for involvement in campus life and governance. More than 50 percent may be doing the institution’s essential work—teaching—but are they faculty? Even full-time non-tenure-track faculty members, 18.5 percent of the professoriate in 2007, often are seen as second class....adjunct faculty are devalued by a hiring process that assumes them to be less competent. The profession further divides with student evaluations. 

 

Collegiality suffers when inequities separate us.

 

 

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The Poor Professor: Shouldn't we be the ones on strike??

Why are the adjuncts being so quiet? I'm at a loss as to why I'm part of the faculty union, when they don't seem to be championing the working conditions of the adjunct professor

 

Where are all the adjuncts?

 

I wonder if adjunct professors just keep quiet in hopes that eventually they will end up in a full time position one day. If we keep our mouths shut and our heads down, maybe, one day, we will get there? Or, is it just that many adjuncts are not doing it for an ultimate full time position? What is it that is keeping us quiet? Why are we not championing our right to professional progress from the campus courtyards?

 

Am I the only one who is thinking about this??

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Students Becoming Curators of Information? | Langwitches Blog

Students Becoming Curators of Information? | Langwitches Blog | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Images like the following ones, visualize for me the urgency for all of us to become information literate to wade through the incredible, ever increasing, amount of information being created and shared with the world.

 

Change.  How are you going to deal with it? Denial is not a strategy. 

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A Program for Change: 2010-2030

A Program for Change: 2010-2030 | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Updated document hosted at the Vancouver Community College Faculty Association Website

Introduction


1.A The dysfunctional state of faculty employment in post-secondary education in 2010 is well documented and well known. Over the last few decades, corporatization has fragmented faculty. It has resulted in a caste-like structure with primarily two tiers.

 

The majority of the faculty occupies the lower tier and is recognized as performing only a portion of the job, classroom instruction; these faculty tend to be compensated at a rate of pay in violation of the principle of “equal pay for equal work,” often resulting in a poverty-level income. They work in complete insecurity. They are left to draw upon the satisfaction of working with students as their chief inspiration to continue because of their dismal working conditions and the equally dismal prospects for improvement.

 

Download pdf to read more......
http://www.vccfa.ca/pdfs/ProgramForChange_09-28-2010_001.pdf

 

http://www.vccfa.ca/program-for-change/index.html

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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
You've probably already seen that Pew survey of university presidents. I think I saw it nearly everywhere yesterday. The part that made me think of the Upton Sinclair quote with which I titled th...

 

The reason our jobs depend upon it is not that face-to-face education somehow failed the prior generation of students. The reason our jobs depend upon it is that government aid to support higher education, something that used to be considered a public good, is drying up in the new age of austerity.

 

Excellence without money, to use a phrase I picked up from Historiann, is a losing proposition for everyone involved, at least in so far as it involves our imminent online-only educational future. The majority of university presidents may not see that, but thank goodness the majority of the public still does. That’s about the only thing that gives me hope for the future of universities everywhere.

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As court hears CMU strike case, political mood may hurt faculty, experts say - Detroit Free Press

As court hears CMU strike case, political mood may hurt faculty, experts say - Detroit Free Press | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
As court hears CMU strike case, political mood may hurt faculty, experts sayDetroit Free Press"If a judge wants to enforce the law, the judge should order them back to work," said James Perry, a partner in Dickinson Wright's labor/employment group...
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Wealth creators « The Standard

Wealth creators « The Standard | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Extracts from an article by Dr Campbell Jones (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Auckland).  Who creates wealth?  Is wealth evidence of merit?

 

Indeed, those concerned about these increasingly unequal distributions of wealth, income, power and privilege have been dismissed as “tall poppy bashers” or as being motivated by “envy”.

 

Central to such dismissal is the idea that whoever has wealth has created it by and for themselves. This sounds like meritocracy, that is, the idea that whoever puts in an effort merits reward. But this is meritocracy on its head. It assumes that just because someone is rewarded, they deserve that reward. This false meritocracy need not look at what anyone actually does. It reads reality backwards, imagining that those who have wealth are by definition the ones who have created it. …

 

Wealth is not created out of nothing. Wealth is not produced merely by the ideas or actions of isolated individuals. We produce things of value through our action on the material world and through the application of science and technology and the skill of social cooperation to that action. And as anyone who works knows, we work with others and for others in order to produce things of value. …

 

YES YES YES

 

Full version of article referenced:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/5509344/The-secret-to-making-money

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Harvard's No. 1 Ranking Makes Us Wonder: Hacker and Dreifus - Bloomberg

Harvard's No. 1 Ranking Makes Us Wonder: Hacker and Dreifus - Bloomberg | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Bloomberg: Harvard's No. 1 Ranking Makes Us Wonder, Hacker and Dreifus.

 

The U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, which will be published next month, are viewed as a Baedeker and Bible by more than 5 million American parents considering colleges and universities for their high-school juniors and seniors.
We think that parents should use this guide with caution.


Our problem with the rankings begins with how they are produced. An unspecified number of academic leaders -- presidents, chancellors, provosts [NB: none of whom spend little if any time in undergraduate classrooms] -- are sent questionnaires and asked to rate their peers. 

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Another questionable rating in the U.S. News survey is the student-faculty ratio. In it, the University of Southern California can proclaim that it has one professor for every nine of its students. What it omits, in this self-rendered report, is that the student pool includes doctoral candidates, who command most of the faculty’s time. Moreover, the faculty numerator adds in adjuncts and other part-timers, who make up more than half of USC’s instructional staff. Students who pay $41,022 a year expect more than an adjunct, no matter how talented or conscientious they might be.


Odder yet, the University of Colorado tells U.S. News that an eye-catching 86 percent of its teachers are full-time. This is because the U.S. News formula allows the institution to permute its 959 part-timers into 319 “full-time equivalents,” which enhances the faculty part of the ratio. Parents genuinely need to know if their son or daughter is going to be taught by adjuncts, graduate assistants, college seniors or computer programs. At the end of the day, these loopholes in “Best Colleges” don’t just obscure the facts; they distort them..

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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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More paying students, fewer teachers to pay. « More or Less Bunk

More paying students, fewer teachers to pay. « More or Less Bunk | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Leave online education entirely to administrators, the non-tenured and the non-tenurable and educational concerns will inevitably be squashed by the drive to save money during our new austerity. It won't be sold as austerity, ...
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Film tells the story of Americans shackled by school debt « SpeakEasy

Film tells the story of Americans shackled by school debt « SpeakEasy | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

This is reality for adjuncts carrying student loan debt as well as for their students. This AlterNet explains the situation to the less afflicted:

 

We recognized the faces affected by the mortgage meltdown, they are our neighbors, our colleagues, our family. We knew their stories and never wished to walk in their shoes. But at least these consumers had options; government relief, loan modifications and even bankruptcy."

 

America’s college graduates are not so fortunate.

Default: The Student Loan Documentary tells the story of a generation of Americans dealing with a set of unfortunate circumstances: an unemployment rate hovering around 9%, rising tuition costs across the country and an unforgiving private student loan on their back.

 

The film documents the harsh reality these young graduates face, many first-generation college students, as they deal with these large financial burdens with no way out. Some were saddled with illness while others had their professional and personal life choices drastically limited.

 

According to the Initiative for College Access & Success, student loans make up the largest single source for tuition in America yet there is little information on the potential burden different types of student loans carry. The fact that Default looks at the private student loan industry is especially important since most financial aid stories and advice tends to only examine only federal financial aid.

 

For example, federal student loans are the type of aid that could eventually be forgiven or even bankrupt. While private student loans are another monster entirely. One that few media outlets bother to examine because well, to make it Facebook friendly, it’s complicated.

 

Student’s receiving private student aid essentially sign away basic consumer protections and it is virtually impossible to forgive, modify or bankrupt these loans.

 

http://defaultmovie.com/

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The New Faculty Majority: Heads Up Writing Teachers! The Machine is coming for you too!

The New Faculty Majority: Heads Up Writing Teachers! The Machine is coming for you too! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

... and you, Dear Adjunct, were worried about text analysis based grading and editing software replacing you. Today, journalism: tomorrow, romance novels, content mill articles and student essays.

 

When students submit machine written essays, just send them to another machine to grade. Students, teacher, all middlemen ~ superfluous? Forget the Terminator narrative: could this be how machines really start talking to one another?

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Democratizing work (there is no alternative)

Democratizing work (there is no alternative) | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

"We are a movement that builds, not destroys."
-- César Chávez, U.S. union organizer

Some people see history as a battle of ideas -- each attracting adherents in a struggle for rational progress. Others see it as a battle of forces — each recruiting supporters in a struggle for power.

 

Taken together, these two traditions have been busy lately — producing a powerful new critique of capitalism. It can’t be dismissed as the usual lefty rhetoric either… the critics include a growing number of Nobel-winning economists, World Bank staff and consultants, senior figures at the IMF, Wall Street traders, corporate executives and other defectors from free market ideology. 

 

If you’re not keen on reading any of the key books, here are some extracts from a recent movie:

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Notes from the Editors, July-August 2011 :: Monthly Review

Notes from the Editors, July-August 2011 :: Monthly Review | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
For MR this [special issue] represents only a starting point and we hope to continue to address the education question in future issues—not only in relation to the United States but also globally.
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The Hour of the Bewilderness » Indentured Servitude in Academia

The Hour of the Bewilderness » Indentured Servitude in Academia | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

I made an interesting discovery while on a recent visit to Pipe Springs National Monument. Whilst touring the museum, I came across a poster which discussed ‘indectured servitude’ and the people of Pipe Springs, NM. The poster was particularly interesting for a number of reasons, the term raised a few questions about both its past and present use.

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Pipe Springs (NM) gave me an important understanding of 19th Century history, both that of the indentured servant and slave as well as my own reality in the present. Whatever the social reality of graduate on campus employment, the one thing that sticks in my mind is that museums and the humanities are still vital to our understanding of both ourselves and our relationship to the past. They are vital to our ability to question the future/present! 

 

{NB Thanks to Anthea for the recommendation}

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How long? How long?

How long?  How long? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Through the generosity of people who read this blog, the Adjunct Emergency Fund collected $625, which was sent yesterday to our adjunct in Los Angeles.  This money will save his art from destructi...

 

Since posting our call for help, even more stories have been shared.... The list continues to grow, and the cries of the needy can’t be denied. We have an entire professional class in this country that, in one generation, has been ruined.

 

We are now facing a second generation of unsuspecting graduating students, innocent and unaware that the scholarship to which they are dedicating themselves will award them with poverty and destitution.

 

As terrible as these stories are, there is another growing trend still more gruesome — that of adjunct suicides.

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Adjunct professor leaps to his death at Chestnut Hill College | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/05/2011

An adjunct mathematics professor died Wednesday after he reportedly dived off the second tier of a rotunda to the ground floor of a building at Chestnut Hill College in front of students and staff, a college source said Thursday.

 

A statement on the college's website identified the professor as Rudolf Alexandrov and described his death as the result of a fall, but did not elaborate. Philadelphia police confirmed that there had been a suicide at the college, but declined to release any further information.

 

Public records listed Alexandrov's age as 71.

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College Ready Writing: There are no words today, only action

I was all set to write a post about how we remain obsessed with the Ivies and those top, elite colleges, to our own detriment. And I'm not just talking about how families will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get little Jimmy and Suzy into Yale or Duke, but how we, in academia and the media, keep pushing these colleges as the standard, for better or for worse.

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And then, I read about an adjunct professor in community college who killed himself. 71 years old, history of depression, and all I can think is, did he not get help because he didn't have health insurance? And I remember reading about another adjunct who worked through his cancer treatments because he couldn't afford not to. 

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