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Category Archives: working conditions

“Pretendure” in Wisconsin

Chuck Rybak posted “UW Struggle: Scrap the Tenure File Edition” yesterday on his blog. It’s worth reading, especially since what is happening in Wisconsin could easily happen elsewhere–and probably will, … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Addendum to Aaron Barlow’s Post on Contingent and Adjunct Faculty

Another element of the broader issues addressed in Aaron’s post is the disparity in the nature of adjuncting–of teaching part-time–in different disciplines and in covering different levels of courses. The … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 6 Comments

Adjuncts and Contingent Hires: Do Not Force Them Apart

A bit more than a decade ago, I took on my first full-time higher-ed teaching job in the US. I had taught as an adjunct at a number of different … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 29 Comments


This is a re-post of an article by Chris Newfield dated August 17, 2015. It originally appeared on Remaking the University: The Democratic candidates public college plans are more interesting than … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Assessment Myth

One of the ways faculty are intimidated and coerced into accepting codified curricula is through the specter of not living up to assessable “outcomes” (I use the scare quotes because … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 10 Comments

Peer Review: Make It Transparent

In 2012, I presented a paper at the Modern Language Association annual meeting that caused a small splash, especially for one line, “Blind peer review is dead. It just doesn’t … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Updated List of the Institutions on the Department of Education’s Financial Watch List: Part 1


August 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

University Bureaucracy as Organized Crime

Vincent J. Roscigno, a Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University, has published a clever and insightful piece under the above title in the online magazine Counterpunch.  The entire article … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

From “Awfulizing” to Organizing

Yesterday I posted an entry about the AAUP Colorado Conference’s efforts to organize part-time community college faculty, who represent the overwhelming majority of community college teachers in that state.  Central … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Christopher Newfield on Defending Tenure

Today’s Inside Higher Ed includes an exceptionally perceptive essay by Christopher Newfield, professor of literature and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, cosponsor of the Remaking the … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

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