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The Yes Adjunct - Adjunct Project

The Yes Adjunct - Adjunct Project | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I was teaching three courses – sometimes four – and said, “yes” to every demand, under the advice that this would position me better for a full time position.

 

We all know how this story ends because we've been there: be indispensible, dependable, useful, a good garden mule and they won't send you to the auction barn. 

 

Plus comments. Add yours. Share your story. This is the closest we have to an Adjunct Story Corps.

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GRCC vs GRAFA

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Those Green River goons are at it again. Read about it here . Somebody call the authorities and report them. No wait, they already did.... and the authorities blew them off saying not our problem, let the foxes watch the hen house.

 

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Adjunct professors move towards unionization with SEIU

Adjunct professors move towards unionization with SEIU | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Hey, @sarahkendzior, I think you'll dig this: http://t.co/aI4YWc0X. #Georgetown's adjunct professors move to unionize with SEIU.

 

Adjunct professors move towards unionization with SEIU by Vanya Mehta on October 4, 2012 in The Georgetown Voice »  News.

 

In response to the growing presence of Service Employees International Union organizers on campus, Georgetown’s provost Robert Groves addressed an email to all faculty members reaffirming the University’s respect and support of the right of employees to unionize. The SEIU, which represents 2.1 million workers in the healthcare, property, and public services sectors, began work this semester to unionize adjunct professors on the Hilltop.



 

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The Good News and the Bad News About Public Colleges

The Good News and the Bad News About Public Colleges | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Guest post by Laura McKenna, former political science professor, blogger, and freelance writer.
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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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Adjuncts come together at #newfac12 to demand fairer treatment

Adjuncts come together at #newfac12 to demand fairer treatment | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Another country heard from as the academic press checks in, this time #InsideHigherEd. 

 

"WASHINGTON – They gathered to commiserate and commit to giving adjunct faculty a stronger voice. In what was part bonding session, part road map for the future, members of the “New Faculty Majority,” a group representing professors off the tenure track, met for its first national summit here Saturday."

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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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Ethics & union bylaws

Ethics & union bylaws | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Comment: relevant to recent posts & discussion of malfeasance at Green River CC as covered by AdjunctNation series

 

Author Phil Lillies is an internal auditor with a deep interest in workplace democracy. Based in Canada, he has spent ten years applying his training in philosophy and organizational development to the st...

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Duquesne Adjunct Faculty Vote for Union Voice

Duquesne Adjunct Faculty Vote for Union Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
A group of adjunct faculty members at Duquesne University voted by a better than 5-to-1 margin to form a union affiliated with the United Steelworkers (USW).
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Why Did I Get a Master’s Degree in English?

Why Did I Get a Master’s Degree in English? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
A Warning of Sorts… Why did I get a master’s degree in English anyway? Good question. Wish I had a nice answer to it, but I don’t. When I finished my undergraduate studies at the...

 

Why in the world didn’t someone tell me? I might not have listened; I don’t know. I’m sure I would have thought that I could work hard enough and get a job. After all, I was fresh from the meritocratic world of retail management where if you work your ass off and schmooze with the right people, you’re golden. But it’s so different in higher ed, as I now know. I realized this after it was already too late..... The adjunct position that sounded innocent enough was revealed to me in all its glory via some colleagues who had finished a year before me. I finished my master’s and waited for all the hard work to pay off. Still waiting...

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NFM speaks for Contingent Faculty at CFHE Gathering

NFM speaks for Contingent Faculty at CFHE Gathering | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The New Faculty Majority was well represented, highly visible and a strong voice to make adjunct and contingent issues a priority at the Third National Gathering (left) of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE), hosted by the Michigan Conference AAUP in Ypsilanti, Michigan May 18-20.

 

Early, sketchy reports from APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculty) and CFA (California Faculty Association) may have created the opposite impression. 

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Introduction to NFM Action Plan

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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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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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