I disagree with this article in one respect: institutions use this class system to keep the work force fractured. This is an old, union-busting tactic. The enemy is not full time or tenured faculty. We need to focus our energy on executive administration, state law, and state officials.
This article posted in The Chronicle Vitae highlights two very serious issues: We don’t have accurate numbers that describe the actual percentage of adjuncts and contingents in the educational work force; and We don’t have a proper perspective on the innate sexism of the current adjunct system and how it impacts… Read more“The Need For Real Numbers”
Here’s a story from The Federalist about the perception problems Adjunct Faculty have in the work place, among ourselves, and in our communities at large. Allow me to suggest that the place to start is among ourselves. Academic Administrators, politicians, and folks in the community who aren’t aware of how deep these… Read more“Can’t Get (No) Respect?”
The continued attempt to water down higher education is an attack on Democracy itself. “How Austerity Killed the Humanities” Take the state of Wisconsin, for example. In early February, Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker drafted a draconian state budget that proposed to decrease the state’s contribution to the… Read more“The Attack on Humanities in Higher Ed Continues”
More cuts to higher education funding can only negatively impact the lives of adjuncts, full timers, and students alike. We need to demand better NOW, not wait for one more election. Don’t Whine! Organize!