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Essay on responsibilities of tenure-track faculty to address adjunct issues | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on responsibilities of tenure-track faculty to address adjunct issues | Inside Higher Ed | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Without arguing for the precise forms that equity might take..., it seems valid to expect TT faculty to interest themselves in these issues, especially on their own campuses. For one thing, we have an obligation to our colleagues — and I use that term in its widest possible sense.

 

.... Who are we as educators if we concern ourselves with the development of our students but turn a blind eye to the career paths of substantial numbers of our colleagues? And what are students to think about our paeans to social justice when they discover that we don’t take care of our own?

 

.... The ab/use of NTT faculty labor is a major academic issue of our time.... The responsibility to fix the system belongs to all of us, but the role of TT faculty — especially those with tenure ... is, at this juncture, absolutely essential. To refuse to take on this charge is to compromise the claims...on which we have staked our professional lives. Our integrity as both teachers and intellectuals is linked, most decidedly, to our willing participation in the conversation.

 

[plus lively comments of course]

 

Author's Bio: Janet Casey is a professor of English at Skidmore College. Previously, she was a non-tenure-track faculty member for 15 years.

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Adjunct Technology...or pay your adjuncts better :)

blogged by Multilitteratus Incognitus. whose interests lie in Instructional Design and IT support... no, he is not one of the enemy either as you will see from reading this post. He is an ally and closes, 

 

"Adjuncts in the US get paid pretty poorly and institutions many times also don't provide for basic things like an office to conduct student consults, a computer or a printer for student handouts. It's a situation where you're getting paid poorly and it's BYOT (bring your own technology). From a management perspective, if you're just looking at the dollars and cents, it makes sense! Dirt cheap labor with no overhead! But, in my opinion, this is what has brought down wall street - focusing on just the short term gain, and not keeping in mind long term benefits.

 

I'd like to know which Higher Education Administration genius thought of this cockamamy scheme :-) Education isn't about opening up a student's brain and pouring in information - it's about educating people to fend for themselves and this requires mentorship and educational innovation. Both of these require time, and if you're paying your educators very little, they aren't going to put in the time. It's all connected...how is this not visible?"

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#CFHE supports #OWS Movement

#CFHE supports #OWS  Movement | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Check out http://futureofhighered.org! Home Page...

 

"The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education works in support of and in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street (OWS). We are and we educate the 99%.

 

Just as OWS is decrying the growing, vast gap between the mega-rich and the public, the CFHE decries the growing gap between college opportunities enjoyed by the wealthiest versus the rest of us. College should not be rationed by income, ethnicity, or immigrant status. All who can benefit have a right to affordable, quality higher education."

 

A question: who decides and defines "who can benefit"?

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A distributist argument for tenure « Throne and Altar

A distributist argument for tenure « Throne and Altar | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The thing is, tenure is not primarily about academic freedom. Let's try and be scientific and do an experiment with one variable: what's the difference between a tenured professor and an untenured research faculty member?

 

"Academic tenure is a matter of debate again, most recently at First Things. To my mind, these discussions fail to get to the heart of the matter because both sides assume that the purpose of tenure is to protect academic freedom, to promote independent thinking."

 

An interesting, patriarchal (articulating and defending the principles of authoritarian conservatism) discussion of tenure

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Campus Equity Week highlights issues for CSU adjunct faculty - Rocky Mountain Collegian

Campus Equity Week highlights issues for CSU adjunct faculty - Rocky Mountain Collegian | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Campus Equity Week highlights issues for CSU adjunct facultyRocky Mountain CollegianThe working conditions of contingent faculty members will be highlighted Wednesday and Thursday as part of Campus Equity Week.
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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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UI hit with unfair labor complaint - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

UI hit with unfair labor complaint. Visiting academic professionals work on year-to-year contracts, sometimes for as much as eight years.

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Adjunct Realities - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Adjunct Realities - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Eliana Osborn, "I wrote recently about missing class for a medical emergency. Several commenters replied that they build an extra day into their semester just in case such a thing happens. Great idea to make sure all the content is covered.

 

If you’ll remember, on the night I missed class, I put coursework up on Blackboard for my students to do without me. I did not need a substitute instructor in the classroom. But just this week I got a notice in the mail letting me know that my pay would be docked for the night I missed class."

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Socratic Backfire?

Socratic Backfire? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

 After student complaints, Utah professor denied job | Inside Higher Ed

 

Some students didn't take well to Steven Maranville’s teaching style at Utah Valley University. They complained that ...  he asked them questions in class even when they didn't raise their hands. They also didn't like it when he made them work in teams.

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This trend might be more noticeable when it comes to contingent faculty, he said. "These kind of situations might become a real threat to academic freedom. We have heard from professors who are afraid to be tough with their students because of the possibility of negative evaluations leading to them being let go," Curtis said.

 

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Campus Equity Week 2011: Oct 24-28: About #FEW & Resource Links

Campus Equity Week 2011: Oct 24-28: About #FEW & Resource Links | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

...to images, handouts, buttons, posters (like this on: IF I WANTED TO WORK IN A SWEATSHOP, I WOULD HAVE USED MY STUDENT LOAN TO BUY A SEWING MACHINE) and many other materials you can use for #CEW2011 activities

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Ghost at Westchester Community College

Ghost at Westchester Community College | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The New Faculty Majority: Many adjuncts wearing little ghost logos: check out our adjunct rep's hand-around and ghost. Thank you, Diane!

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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

Community college financial decision worries union | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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

Disruptive Situation: Contingent Faculty Edition | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

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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