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Category Archives: contingent faculty appointments

Teaching at Louisiana Tech

This is a guest post from an instructor at Louisiana Tech, who writes anonymously for fear of retribution. I see so many of my colleagues suffering, mostly in silence because what … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Organizing Adjuncts and Wikipedia

This is a guest post by Victoria Scott, an art historian with considerable experience as an adjunct faculty member. _________________________ Dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude, incipe. (Half done, … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

A Coincidentally Ironic Juxtaposition of News Items

Earlier this month, two items appeared on the same day on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website. The first article was written by Charles Huckabee and concerns the decision by … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Chomsky on Neoliberalism, Exploitation and the Decline of U.S. Higher Ed

The following is an edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to members of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Current Hurdles to Academic Freedom and Shared Governance

The following is the text of my keynote address at “Hurdles on the Horizon: Governance & Student Success in the Connecticut State College & University System,” a conference organized by … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sound-Bite Pronouncements on the Present and Future State of Higher Education

Janet Napolitano, the President of the University of California system recently wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post in which she argued that, despite the challenges created by unprecedented … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Real Numbers-Cruncher Weighs in on the Campos Article

Rudy Fichtenbaum has sent me the following statistical analysis in response to the assertions made by Campos in the article in the New York Times and as a follow-up to … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Getting It Right and Getting It Wrong on the “Real Costs” of Higher Education

In the Sunday Review section of the New York Times, Paul F. Campos has offered his opinion on “The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much.” [The whole piece is … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 6 Comments

Coming Next: Adjunct Faculty Not Just Treated as “At-Will” Employees but Formally Classified as “Temps”

A colleague sent me a link to the following post at Fighting against Casualisation in Education, a UK site promoting activism among contingent faculty. The actual post appears to be … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Making the Case for Our Values

The following letter was published in the Toledo Blade this past week. It was written in response to a seemingly well intentioned and fairly thoughtful op-ed on the increasing tuition … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

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