…another place to record your #AdjunctStories
Today I got an email from a wonderful friend who is an adjunct at a small Catholic university - not Duquesne, for those of you who have been following …
She had received an email from her dean asking all the faculty to consider how the addition of more adjunct faculty could benefit the university.
Ha. Why send that to the adjuncts?
So she explained her work load to me (and plans to explain it to the dean …) this way…
…closing with this call to speak truth to power
If we all did - if all levels of faculty from fully tenured to barely hanging on - told the truth to the people who control our destinies, what would happen? Classes for one, or two, or ten adjuncts might disappear; tenure decisions could be delayed or go wrong; early retirement might be encouraged. But ultimately, administration will need someone to teach (I hope!). If we stick together to demand decent working conditions, shouldn’t that do something?
…remember the slogan of the 1960s: Suppose they gave a war and nobody came.
Well. Suppose they had a university and nobody taught.
…part venting, part service…completely worth the read HT @PanKissesKafka
Sarah Kendzior and Rebecca Schuman, two of my favourite pundits on the post-academic problem, have recently agreed that the “I Quit Academia” letter has become an official THING. It’s been a thing for a long while—Kenneth Mostern's “What it Means to be Post-Academic” was written in 2001, and I'm sure people penned send-offs long before that—but the genre is proliferating, with Zachary Ernst's “Why I Jumped Off the Ivory Tower,” Kendzior's “The Closing of American Academia,” Alexandra Lord's “Location, Location, Location” (which I've written about before here), Schuman's classic “Thesis Hatement,” and Lee Skallerup Bessette's brand-new “Moving Forward.”
About Hook and Eye, the blog
Hook & Eye is an intervention and an invitation: we write about the realities of being women working in the Canadian university system. We muse about everything from gender inequities and how tenure works, to finding unfrumpy winter boots, decent childcare, and managing life’s minutiae. Ambitious? Obviously. We’re women in the academy.
…+ comments via #AdjunctProject…PS comment feature misbehaving 11/4/13
After losing my second low-paying teaching job, I am looking at other fields because I can’t keep my family’s livelihood in the balance like this. It is unfair to my husband and my children. I was constantly feeling guilty, like I wasn’t doing enough, grading fast enough, etc., yet here I am jobless after three years of late and sleepless nights grading essays.
I am thankful to have found this site. It has made me realize that I actually was a FANTASTIC teacher, just not able to compete with insecure full-timers or plan my family around the local university’s fiscal year. Ugh. I don’t know what I am going to do. I was at the top of my class in my master’s program, but I had only ever planned on teaching.
If anyone has any ideas, I would LOVE to hear them. I am at a total loss.
Share your #AdjunctStories w/ @PSC_CUNY for #CEW2013. Submit at psc-cuny.org/JobSecurity to support a campaign for adjunct job security. negotiations. (via Adjuncts’ Stories of Job Insecurity | PSC CUNY)
…@pankisseskafka on how not all leaving academia narratives are #adjunctstories but are alike in how they lay bare deep fissures in the Ivory Silo™