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Why #NAWD #NAAW? Academia's #Adjunct Problem

Why #NAWD #NAAW? Academia's #Adjunct Problem | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
“NBC 6’s Ari Odzer takes a look at the problems adjunct professors face as they try to educate America while getting paid little and receiving no benefits.(Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015) Adjunct professors...
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Great @InsideHigherEd podcast on #NAWD w/ #KeithHoeller & @eValerick

Great @InsideHigherEd podcast on #NAWD w/ #KeithHoeller & @eValerick | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Great IHEpodcast on National Adjunct Walkout Day with Keith Hoeller and Alan Trevithick. Segment starts at 21.40. A must-hear for #NAWD participants!


This Week | Program 33: Sticking With the Credit Hour / A Day Without Adjuncts?

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Right on, Buffalo! BAM! #NAWD planning Facebook Event

Right on, Buffalo! BAM! #NAWD planning Facebook Event | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Right on, Buffalo!
https://www.facebook.com/events/594450090655927/
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National Adjunct Walkout Day

National Adjunct Walkout Day | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
On February 25, 2015 adjuncts across the country will come together to insist on fair wages and...
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Flint, Michigan will be wearing the Scarlet A. Check  out our FB page for podcast and other grassroots organizing ideas!

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Ithaca College adjuncts seek unionization - Ithaca Journal

Ithaca College adjuncts seek unionization - Ithaca Journal | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
A group of adjunct point to low wages, lack of benefits and short-contracts as grievances
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CPFA Supports National Adjunct Walkout Day

CPFA Supports National Adjunct Walkout Day | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
California Part Time Faculty Association (CPFA) supports National Adjunct Walkout Day (NAWD): "On February 25, 2015 adjuncts across the country will come together to insist on fair wages and better...
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#Adjunct faculty union begins negotiations with administration - The Globe

#Adjunct faculty union begins negotiations with administration - The Globe | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

On Nov. 7, official negotiations will begin between Point Park University administration and the newly unionized adjunct professors.  How long these negotiations will last depends mainly on how far apart the two groups’ positions turn out to be.

 

Rebecca Taksel, an adjunct professor in the School of Arts and Sciences and leader in the unionization effort, said in her West Penn classroom on Thursday that there is no way to know what all will be brought to the table until the negotiations are actually underway. However, topics of discussion will include compensation, job security and contracts, office space and benefits for the adjunct teachers.

 

She says that for her, the bottom line is simple: “Are we, the adjunct faculty, treated in such a way that we can do our job how we want to – to serve our students?” Taksel said.

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The Crashed Hopes of Europe’s Refugees

The Crashed Hopes of Europe’s Refugees | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Moral indignation is in the air, and rightly so. At a time of the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War, when more migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean than any other time in history, the British government revoked funding for EU coastal ‘rescue’ services.Their reasoning – brutal in its intentionality – is that it encourages migrants to gamble their fates on the crossing. The UK government has decided that the greatest deterrent to migration is death itself.Lampedusa looms large over the hopes and prospects of the underdeveloped world. The dreams of a better life shall be crashed by the waves of the Med.

 

While this should morally outrage us, the situation is far more complex than it would first appear. 

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Fair Employment Week

Fair Employment Week | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
A Professor is a Professor. See the CAUT's http://t.co/9Vg7t0AHJy for more on fair employment for contingent academic faculty. #highered
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The Anarchy of Globalization

The Anarchy of Globalization | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Globalization, in some ways, resembles the process of climate change. Both are dangerous, out‑of‑control processes that move along virtually unhindered. Both are global in nature with very diverse local effects.
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STEINBERG: For fewer adjuncts - Yale Daily News (blog)

STEINBERG: For fewer adjuncts - Yale Daily News (blog) | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
University administrations must understand that replacing tenured positions with adjunct appointments is harmful to academic freedom, student learning and professor well-being.
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The Mystery of @NationalAdjunct's Mysterious & National #AdjunctWalkout Day #NAWD

The Mystery of @NationalAdjunct's Mysterious & National #AdjunctWalkout Day #NAWD | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Beginning October 2, a few tweets went round the twitterverse calling for adjuncts to stage a national walkout on February 25, 2015. Since then, quite a bit of buzz surrounding the idea has circula...
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A Bad Week « @ReadyWriting @InsideHigher Ed (blog)

A Bad Week « @ReadyWriting @InsideHigher Ed (blog) | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

A Bad Week - Inside Higher Ed's College Ready Writing blog "about education, higher ed, teaching, and trying to re-imagine how we provide education."  Lee Skallerup writes: 

 

❝Adjuncts have skills that are valuable. I have skills that are valuable and that are now valued within my position. Many adjuncts have long wanted to make a difference, but are trapped by their positions (or lack thereof) from being able to really do anything about it. So we find our own ways of making a difference. And those ways don’t often fit within the narrow confines of what we consider “good behavior of an academic,” be it taking to the Internet, taking a post-ac job, union organizing, or embracing an alt-ac label.

 

I have finally found a place, “in real life” and on social media. I won’t criticize those who have also found their way to make a difference. And for those who feel like we’re making a bigger difference than you, bringing us down won’t make you feel any more powerful, at least not in the long term.❞ 

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The College Misery: More on National Adjunct Walkout Day/Action Week

The College Misery: More on National Adjunct Walkout Day/Action Week | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Following up on Alice's contribution last week, here's another blog with some ideas and information about National Adjunct Walkout Day (and/or its partner event, National Adjunct Action -- or perhaps that's Awareness -- Week).  

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CA #adjunct news: @CSU using more part-time faculty than full-time profs

CA #adjunct news: @CSU using more part-time faculty than full-time profs | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Like private-sector employers who turned to temporary workers during the recession, California State University relied on more part-time faculty than full-time professors last academic year as the 23-campus system looked to cut costs.
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another #NAWD tweet by @mmstrikesback

another #NAWD tweet by @mmstrikesback | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Theseus was small but strong.#adjuncts use your strength on #NAWD We are the WORKING POOR! @adjunctproff @manville71 pic.twitter.com/fVd5YFSgg6
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Lydia Field Snow's curator insight, February 2, 3:52 PM

Got my tweet picked up by Scoop It! 

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A is for adjunct button

A is for adjunct button | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
For those of you looking to buy buttons for February 25th National Adjunct Walk Out day.
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Check the National Adjunct Walkout Day Facebook page for a podcast, links, graphics and other grassroots organizing ideas


NAWD 2/25/15 is on Facebook at this shorter link http://bit.ly/N22515

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The Louisville #NAWD Teach-In

The Louisville #NAWD Teach-In | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

A group of 10 concerned part-time instructors at Jefferson Technical and Community College met yesterday to talk ideas and strategy for the Feb. 25 Teach-In scheduled. National Adjunct Walk-Out Day is a national movement designed to draw attention to the working conditions of part-time college instructors -- who end up teaching the majority of general education classes at most community colleges and universities.


Those of us who are organizing around this event in Louisville also recognize that the system exploiting us is the same system that is exploiting students -- which is why we are organizing a Teach-In rather than a Walk Out.

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Go Louisville! Do you have #NAWD page, blog or posts? A is for Adjuncts wants to post your links here too

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Financial influence in #academia - Diamondback Online

Financial influence in #academia - Diamondback Online | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

University shouldn't submit to the power of Koch brothers, guest column by Christopher Bangert-Drowns


Implicit, but nonetheless fundamental, to the acceptance of resources from an institution or individual is the acceptance of the values of that institution or individual. In short, there is never an exchange of funds without an exchange of ideology.

 

This implicit exchange is sometimes made explicit, as was the case with Florida State University in 2011. According to the Center for Public Integrity, the Charles Koch Foundation promised to provide $1.5 million to Florida State’s economics department.

 

This donation, however, came with an egregious demand: The Koch Foundation claimed the right to select a committee that would retain full control over hiring decisions and annual evaluations. The economics department caved without much of a fight, setting a disturbing and dangerous precedent of corporate encroachment into academic freedom.

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Writing About Academic Labour | Winn | Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor

Writing About Academic Labour | Winn | Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Writing About Academic Labour

 

This essay calls for a return to the labour theory of Marx, or rather to Marx’s negative critique of labour and its “pivotal” role in comprehending the political economy of higher education. It argues that a critique of capitalism and its apparent complexity must be undertaken through an immanent critique of labour, rather than from the standpoint of labour as has been the case in both Marxist and non-Marxist traditions of labour studies. Through a review of exemplar articles on ‘academic labour’, the essay draws attention to the fundamental importance of employing Marx’s method of abstraction so as to understand the concrete social world of capital. Finally, it proposes that the future of academic labour is to be found in its negation and overcoming rather than in efforts to resist the ‘logic’ of valorisation.

 
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Job brokers steal wages, entrap Indian tech workers in US

Job brokers steal wages, entrap Indian tech workers in US | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Labor brokers providing Indian high-tech workers to American companies are gaming a professional visa program, creating a shadow world that can turn a worker’s dream of self-betterment into a financial nightmare.
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National #Adjunct Walkout Day Is Everyone’s Plan

National #Adjunct Walkout Day Is Everyone’s Plan | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
28 October 2014 National Adjunct Walkout Day (NAWD) is on the tip of many adjuncts’ tongues, as well it should be. Such an action is long overdue. On Twitter, FaceBook, listservs, and the new NAWD ...
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Tufts Adjuncts Get Raise In New Deal - WBUR

Tufts Adjuncts Get Raise In New Deal - WBUR | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Part-time professors at Tufts University in Medford have signed off on a new contract with the school, giving them a significant pay raise as well as stronger job security.
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A “Cheyenne Autumn” and Beyond

A “Cheyenne Autumn” and Beyond | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Autumn in the US is oddly bookmarked by the two holidays that celebrate the origins of European settler colonialism in the Americas: Columbus’ landfall on October 10, and that mythological encounter of multicultural good will, the first successful...
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TC3 #Adjunct Association

TC3 #Adjunct Association | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Have you heard? Adjunct faculty at Tompkins Cortland Community College have begun organizing a union -- the TC3 Adjunct Association!

 

Our overarching goal is to build a strong and democratic organization and negotiate a fair contract. This will ultimately help to decrease the high adjunct turnover that exists at TC3 and enhance the college’s ability to both attract and retain the most dedicated and qualified adjunct workforce possible — things that can only help to improve TC3’s ability to offer the best educational experience we can for our students....


Questions? Please email us at tc3adjunctassociation@gmail.com or feel free to contact any member of the TC3 Adjunct Association Organizing Committee directly.

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