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Category Archives: contingent faculty appointments

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

Why Is the Future of the University Never a University?

In August 2014, Graeme Wood wrote an article for The Atlantic titled “The Future of College?” The tease under the headline is: “A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Pivoting is hard to do.

Usually, I save everything I write about subjects like tenure for the blog that you’re reading now.  After all, I’m in the AAUP and even if you’re not (and you … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Moving Tenure

Writing under the pseudonym “Aurora Dagny,” a Canadian activist offers four pieces of advice for those working for any sort of cause: “Embrace humility…. Question yourself as fiercely as you question … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

Centennial Speakers Series at Wright State University: 5. Miranda Merklein

March 10, 2015 · 2 Comments
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