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The Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty – this ain't livin'

Have been in this situation. It's true. The Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty – this ain't livin' http://t.co/JQ0LZ1Jx (Faculty are 99% too)...
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Introduction to NFM Action Plan

Introduction to NFM Action Plan | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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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Plan to outsource MATC's adjunct teaching falls largely on deaf ears

Plan to outsource MATC's adjunct teaching falls largely on deaf ears | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The often contentious relationship between Madison Area Technical College administrators and the president of the school's part-time teachers' union was...

 

Campus Connection: Mike Kent, president of MATC's part-time teachers union, continues to push for a member-owned, nonprofit corporation that would provide adjuct faculty staffing and support services for the college.

 

With the [last] contract still not ratified, Gov. Scott Walker introduced his budget repair bill last February that all but destroyed public-sector unions in the state... the part-time union decided to vote to ratify ... [b]ut the MATC District Board refused to sign off on the deal.

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Shortly thereafter, Kent and other members of the part-time teachers union leadership started putting together their proposal to provide MATC with adjunct faculty staffing services. 

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As it stands now, the MATC Part-time Teachers' Union will likely vanish after its current contract with the school expires at the end of June. 

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#newfac12 ‘Lower the Fear’

#newfac12 ‘Lower the Fear’ | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Isaac Sweeney writes in On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education,

 

I was at the New Faculty Majority’s national summit in Washington, D.C. A number of things caught my attention as I listened to the speakers. I’ll spend this and the next few posts describing some of these ideas and offering my own thoughts and questions.

 

One of the most important ideas was that of fear, which was implied by many, but brought up specifically by Rich Moser ... and Joe Berry... Whether it’s consciously or unconsciously, higher-education systems often work to keep contingent faculty members quiet. That way, they can claim that their contingent faculty members are happy because they don’t complain.

 

A scarier byproduct of this is the self-censorship of many contingent faculty....

 

What can your departments, schools, etc., do to “lower the fear?” What can you do as an individual? Have you or your departments done anything in the past?

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Better Pay for Adjuncts: Stop their Exploitation

Better Pay for Adjuncts: Stop their Exploitation | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I just signed a petition to President Barack Obama: Better your child's education: demand better pay for the lowly paid adjunct!
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Reporting from the New Faculty Majority Summit #newfacf12

Reporting from the New Faculty Majority Summit #newfacf12 | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Brian Croxall at ProfHacker. The Chronicle of Higher Education, posts....

 

"I was at the first national summit—Reclaiming Academic Democracy—called by the New Faculty Majority .... The goals of the summit were to bring together a coalition of NTT faculty, tenure-track faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, administrators, and more to learn from one another and to discuss concrete steps for moving forward....But while the problems of adjuncting were acknowledged, then, the NFM has wisely chosen to focus not on how NTT faculty are treated but on how the treatment of NTT faculty affects student learning. This message is much more likely to find a wide audience that includes students, parents, and even legislators."

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#newfac12 Summit on Adjuncts Yields Tentative Framework for Campaign to Improve Conditions

#newfac12 Summit on Adjuncts Yields Tentative Framework for Campaign to Improve Conditions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on New Faculty Majority / NFM Foundation Summit. Let the commenting begin!

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Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, No 18 (2011)

Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, No 18 (2011) | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Workplace is a refereed, open access journal published by a collective of scholars in critical higher education promoting a new dignity in academic work.

 

Articles (all in PDF format)

 

"Exploited by Universities: Part-time Workers as Victims" by Ellie Berger, Carlo Ricci

 

"The Proletarianization of the Academy" by Michael W Powelson


"And Justice for All: Advocacy, Obligation and the Employ of Contingent Faculty" by Brenda L Ihssen, Pauline M Kaurin


"Ethnic Differences Among Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors at Texas 4-Year Universities" by Dana E Bible, Sheila A Joyner, John R Slate

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NFM ’12 Post Two: Stop Looking for the Treasure Map, and Start Laying Bricks

NFM ’12 Post Two: Stop Looking for the Treasure Map, and Start Laying Bricks | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I'm starting at the end of the story.

Last night, I was in my hotel room unwinding after a very long day. I had just spent 10 straight hours basically taking public notes (in the form of tweets) o...
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The Absent Presence: Today’s Faculty « Brian Croxall

The Absent Presence: Today’s Faculty « Brian Croxall | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Brian will be tweeting the NFM Summit (and possibly blogging it at ProHacker) tomorrow Jan 28. There is much more and so many links we could post but what better introduction than this classic 2009 account of a cash strapped adjunct presenting at MLA virtually and in absentia... and the stir it raised (along with consciousness)

 

"I can think of no more appropriate way for me to give a talk in a panel titled “Today’s Students, Today’s Teachers: Economics” than in this manner.

 

After all, I’m not a tenure-track faculty member, and the truth of the matter is that I simply cannot afford to come to this year’s MLA. I know that we as a profession are increasingly aware of the less than ideal conditions under which contingent faculty members (and graduate students) labor while providing more than half of the instruction that undergraduates receive across the nation"

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Profology - Blog View - An Uncertain Start to the Semester

Profology - Blog View - An Uncertain Start to the Semester | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Profology is a professional social network created exclusively for higher education faculty, staff and administrators. It provides members with individualized, discipline-specific content, and enables collaboration with colleagues across academia.

 

Daniel's post lays out the reality of adjunct teaching conditions and how they are our students learning conditions:

 

"The reliance upon a stressed adjunct pool sends confusing messages to the students. Like it or not, I am the face of several English departments in any given semester. Because of the nature of the introductory courses I teach, I might be the only interaction a student has with the English department.... the face of a department that I’m not quite part of, teaching skills that are essential to the success of students in all disciplines, knowing that at any moment my job could be cut due to budget or enrollment.... As a writing teacher, when I see problems with content, I can’t help but point the finger back to structure. Colleges have a sense of permanence tied into nostalgia. As is the case with brick and concrete, most things tend to stay in their place. The internal structures of a college should not be as inflexible as the buildings that contain them."

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AFTWA Contingent Faculty Conference Survey

AFTWA Contingent Faculty Conference Survey | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
In November 2011, we held a conference designed by and for contingent faculty in our two-year colleges. As a...

 

So where are Keith Hoeller's and Jack Longmate's name and - even more important - their input? A wants to know, is asking and will keep you posted. Stay tuned...

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76. There is a culture of fear. - 100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School

76. There is a culture of fear. - 100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

We've been there so why didn't we read the handwriting on the wall, deconstruct it, for crying out loud?

 

"Why? Why are academics—of all people—afraid of writing (and speaking) honestly about their profession? Why do so many of those who do express themselves feel compelled to do so anonymously? The answer lies in the staggering power imbalance between academics and the people who employ them. That imbalance is so great because of the crippling realities of the academic job market."

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Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions

Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Don't skip clicking the link to the Google Doc at http://is.gd/nSRVbk. Add your information. It's important. Read the post alread and added information? That's nice. Now revisit the post. scroll down and catch up on all the comments posted since then. It's as busy as any comment section on IHE or the Chronicle ~ minus trolls too.  Then revisit the crowdsourcing doc and read the comments there too.

 

Josh Boldt's post on his blog, Copy & Paste, http://copy--paste.com and the accompanying crowdsourcing GoogleDoc are, if not going viral, then well on the way, ~ at least in the adjunctiverse corner of academentia. Both gather more viewers and comments by the day Now, with international interest and a recent hat tip in major academic media, the gates of the adjunct information ghetto are opening. There is surely more to come too: adunct interest in crowdsourcing is growing.

 

Josh opens, "Yesterday, Michael Bérubé, president of the Modern Language Association and newfound hero of contingent faculty everywhere, published the essay "Among the Majority" on the MLA web, http://www.mla.org/fromthepres, ... "

 

Taking Bérubé's comments on adjunct pay inequity (so well known by us but too often brushed off  by administration, tenured faculty and the general public), Josh proposes and initiates action: crowdsouce to collect information about pay and working conditions to share and make public ~ throw open the windows and let the sun shine in. He explains, 

 

"In order to begin this process, I’ve created a Google Doc to crowdsource information from adjuncts about the conditions at their respective universities. Things like course pay, benefits, retirement, and contracts. Let’s combine forces and establish which schools are doing good work, and which are doing bad. Fill in as much information as you feel comfortable doing, and be sure to tweet this document and share it via Facebook, email, listserv, or anywhere else you can think of."

 

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InChorus | Innovation in Education

InChorus | Innovation in Education | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
InChorus is a member-owned non-profit corporation providing adjunct faculty staffing and support services.
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Woman Spreads Occupy Wall Street's Message Via RV

Woman Spreads Occupy Wall Street's Message Via RV | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Profile on Janet Wilson, woman behind Occupy the Roads...

 

We could do an adjunct version of Occupy the Roads. Maybe a network of freeway flyers, road scholars and other precariously employed academic gypsies. Adjuncts teaching at multiple institutions are always on the road.

 

What a great way to collect and share adjunct stories too.

 

http://www.occupytheroads.com/blog/

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Reflections on the New Faculty Majority Foundation’s Summit on Contingent Faculty

#NewFac12 Summit reflections open Justin Jory's new blog,  Rhetoric and Other Things. 

 

An Instructor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, he has been teaching as a non-tenure track faculty member since 2008 and plans on returning for his PhD fall 2012.

 

Justin opens, "I hadn’t planned on writing about my experiences at the New Faculty Majority’s national summit... However, Josh Boldt’s recent blog post inspired me to share my thinking. I highly recommend reading the post, as it helped me make sense of the conflicted feelings I had about the summit."

 

...and closes with excellent suggestions for the next Summit. 

 

Visit http://www.justinmjory.com for more about Justin's professional life.

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Building Up an Institution of the Common : Edufactory

Building Up an Institution of the Common : Edufactory | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

“What was once the factory is now the university” states the international Edu-factory collective, which started off as a mailing list of 500 students, activists and researchers worldwide. They argue that in today’s cognitive capitalism, we have experienced the transformation from organising knowledge from above to the capture and expropriation of common knowledge after it is produced.

 

This appropriation and exploitation of knowledge produced in the common opens up for a possibility that lies in the autonomy of knowledge production. The fact that knowledge today is produced in the common also makes it possible for us to re-appropriate it. The Edu-factory’s attempt to create a global autonomous university is a way of reclaiming such common knowledge.

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The Time is Now: #newfac12

The Time is Now: #newfac12 | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Report from the New Faculty Majority Summit, Lee Bessette, Inside Higher Ed

 

"I’m seeing the stories about the conference show up on some of the listservs I subscribe to, so I know we’re having an impact.


But what does that mean? The biggest take-away from the Summit is how far we have yet to go to educate and inform the general public about what it is like as an adjunct and how that impacts the students’ (their kids’) learning environment

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I’m getting involved because I can. But even if you only join the NFM and talk to one person outside of higher education about the challenges of being an adjunct, you’ll have done something. Let’s do something."

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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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what is college for?

what is college for? | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
From Workplace, a special issue on Narratives of Academic Labor. How big-time sports ate college life: Should a stadium (or court) be at the center of college culture? How football and basketball hijacked the American campus.

 

Workplace's special issue on on Narratives of Academic Labor is of particular interest

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the New Faculty Majority blog: Summit Up #NewFac12!

the New Faculty Majority blog: Summit Up #NewFac12! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Yes, today is the day. Can't be there? Got it covered: Twitter, Facebook, live blogging, social media team at the ready and other attendees armed with mobiles. Follow #newfac12 on Twitter. Lee Bessette will be liveblogging the Summit at College Ready Writing. 

 

Check @NewFacMajority and NFM's Facebook wall too. We'll add others as they come up. I'll be here and there, dropping in on Twitter and Facebook, check mail and rss feeds. All from New Mexico...

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Adjuncting and Stockholm Syndrome | The Professor Is In

Adjuncting and Stockholm Syndrome | The Professor Is In | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

I am devoting today’s and Thursday’s blog posts to adjunct-related issues as part of my work on the “Social Media Team” (or, affectionately, Twit-squad) of the New Faculty Majority Summit on Contingent Academic Labor in Washington, DC, this Saturday. I’ll be attending, and blogging and tweeting from the site.

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Your job is to take care of yourself, ensure your financial well-being, and pursue you career success through 1) the means that actually accrue useful capital on the tenure track academic job market: peer-reviewed publications and major grants; 2) re-tooling yourself for non-academic work.

 

Yes, sometimes the exploitation cannot be avoided. But do not ever mistake it for anything but what it is: exploitation. 

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Eliza's comment, January 25, 2012 5:18 AM
What do you need to strike? What? WHAT?! I have left adjunct work because I was so frustrated with colleagues that wouldn't really stand up for themselves. All of the articles I see on this page are SO sad. No one should need to remind adjuncts at this point that they're being exploited. We should be so far beyond that and yet, I know that many do need this explanation. Look, I am someone of limited resources, but certainly more than I had as an adjunct. What can I do to help my former adjuncts strike? Do you need food? Water? Floor space in a cheap one bedroom apartment? What do you need?! How can I help adjuncts stop pussy footing around with things like: getting crappy insurance or unemployment in the summer? How can I help you strike?
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NFM Foundation National-Summit, Jan 28, 2012

NFM Foundation National-Summit, Jan 28, 2012 | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

#newfac 12 in DC, held in conjunction with the Annual @AACU Meeting  (Association of American Colleges and Universities). 

 

Speakers: Joe Berry, labor historian and author, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education; Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, The Center for Community Change; Claire Goldstene, Professorial Lecturer (NTT), Department of History, American University; Stanley Katz, Director, Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and 2011 National Humanities Medal Recipient; Adrianna Kezar, Associate Professor, University of Southern California ; Gary Rhoades, Director, Center for the Future of Higher Education; Victor Sanchez, President, US Student Association; Carol Schneider, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities; Debra Leigh Scott, Adjunct Professor and Filmmaker; and Heather Wathington, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

 

Blog & social media coverage by Lee Skallerup Bessette @ReadyWriting; @BrianCroxall; Karen Kelsky @ProfessorIsIn; @JohnACaseyJr; Josh Boldt @jshbldt & @TheCompost; Eliana Osborn, Chronicle blogger; @VanessaVaile @NewFacMajority & anyone online who wants join in. 

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A Mistreated Majority Speaks Out - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Mistreated Majority Speaks Out - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Eliana Osborn writes, "I’ll be attending the first meeting of the New Faculty Majority Foundation at the end of the month. Adjunct or part-timers are the majority of those teaching college courses around the country, and we have very little control over our lives and careers."

 

She goes on to ask readers, "So what is most important to you in terms of better adjunct treatment?....Please share your thoughts."

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