The Plight of the Adjuncts: Office Space (Part 1)

Originally posted on Wider than the Sky:

Stop! Have you read my Disclaimer?

Nationwide, contingent faculty (aka adjuncts)  teach 58 percent of community college courses, according to a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement. Part-time faculty teach more than half (53 percent) of students at two-year institutions. 75% of developmental education students (those most likely to struggle academically) are taught by adjunct faculty. In one division of our college nearly 70% of classes are taught by adjunct faculty.  In some areas, adjunct faculty are actually serving as program coordinators–bearing nearly all the responsibility for running their respective programs–something for which they are not compensated any more than other adjunct faculty.

Although they teach the majority of our classes and the majority of our students depend on their instruction, adjunct faculty are often treated as second-class (if not third-class) citizens in the institutions of higher education in which they toil away every day.

In the…

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The Charlatan in the Room. The secrets of your part-time professor.

Originally posted on modern disappointment.:


By Kareme D’Wheat

Another semester begins. I arrive early, well dressed, and prepared for action. Like a doctor making a house call, I bring all my own equipment, tools, toys, bells and whistles. I stand before you as the expert in the room. The adult with all the answers. The “Professor.” Which I am, in most regards. But I’m also a fraud, and not because I want to be.Your professor, the well groomed and eloquent person before you, is a fraud. Because the best I can hope to make for all this is $18,000 this year. And I’ll be lucky to make that. Because, as you may have guessed, I am “adjunct,” which is a sparkly way of saying “temp” in academic speak. Although in some regards this makes me the “fun aunt” of your academic career, it also pretty much puts me in the poorhouse.

It’s an awkward…

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In an Era of Increasing Fiscal Constraints, an Inexplicable Shift in Hiring Patterns in Higher Education


Corporatization of higher education must be reversed if higher education continues.

Originally posted on Academe Blog:

In this past week’s issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education , there is a very revealing graph representing the changes in employment in colleges and universities from 1976 to 2011. The graph is based on an analysis of IPEDs data by AAUP’s John Curtis.

Full-Time Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

1976 – 353,681

2011 – 436,293

Increase – 23%

Graduate Student Employees

1976 – 160.086

2011 – 358,743

Increase – 123%

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Map of Campus Resistance in 2014 (US)



Originally posted on CACHE:

I don’t need to tell you that higher education has both feet in the grave due to inane administrations aping neoliberal policies by pushing austerity on students, staff, and faculty. I don’t need to tell you that this has been going on for decades, and I also don’t need to tell you why or where or by whom it started. You already know, and if you don’t, you can find it without me telling you. However, most of you listening are in the choir of misfits who are in the know. 

I also don’t need to tell you that we’re stronger when we can stand alongside all low-wage workers everywhere – including students, staff, other faculty (yes, even TT), and servers, custodial staff, WalMart checkers, the list goes on and on.

But I do need to tell you that we’ve already won. Before you write me off as a dreamer…

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SUNY Student Assembly Passes $5K Resolution, Depite Opposition from Governor Cuomo


This is an example for San Diego students, and for students everywhere who are interested in social justice.

Originally posted on National Mobilization For Equity:

Reynald Muniz III at Student Assembly

Reynaldo Muniz III at Student Assembly

Despite the reported opposition from New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, the resolution supporting a $5,000 minimum starting salary per course for adjuncts was debated and passed April 4 by the statewide SUNY Student Assembly, which represents some 463,000 students.

The following report is by James DeArce, an adjunct teaching sociology at SUNY New Paltz, who is also a nursing student and Student Trustee Member of the Board of Trustees at SUNY Ulster County Community College:

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