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Rainy Adjunct Action Day/NAWD at Mesa College 2018

Bravo! San Diego #adjuncts remember #NAWD on another #walkout day, National School Walkout Day

The Adjunct Crisis

In the interest of coordination with other protest events, our humble but serious Adjunct Action Day NAWD took place today. A last minute change was the accommodation of the national school walkout to protest gun violence in schools, which conflicted with our planned protest. We altered our start time to 10:20 from 10:00. Of course, we addressed gun violence. Also addressed, in several short speeches, including comments by, among others, me, Geoff, Jesus Gaytan, and one of our supportive board members, Peter Zschiesche, were taxing the richest to pay for free community college, appealing to the governor to increase adjunct office hour pay, the injustice being perpetrated on DACA students, and ending adjunctification by hiring all or most of the 87% adjunct faculty at Mesa College, a quick and efficient solution, into full-time positions, paid for by a tax on, you guessed it, the richest’s ill-gotten gains.

In my brief time…

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The kids are alright: young activists brace for the NRA onslaught

This blog post is by the same David S. Meyer cited in the DW News article on the Parkland shooting that I recently shared to Precarious life & times on Facebook.

PS I’m now following this blog and recommend it to readers.

Politics Outdoors

emma gonzalez david hogg Emma Gonzales and David Hogg, seniors. Two of the many strong young leaders from Stoneman Douglas High.

As soon as the brave and committed Parkland students revealed that “thoughts and prayers” would not be an adequate response to the mass shooting they lived through, ardent gun supporters set their sites on the kids. Social media provide ready access for offensive and outlandish claims.

So, opponents charge the students are not, in fact, students, but actors or plants, paid to undermine resistance to gun control;

or that the killing of 17 people at a public high school was fabricated, a “false flag” to justify gun control;

or that the kids, informed and articulate, are stooges of manipulative adults determined to foist gun control on the United States;

or that the traumatized students are understandably emotional, but certainly not able to offer wise policies on a complicated issues. (This last bit is…

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We Need Radical Imagination

Connecting with and recognizing other #precariouslives as common ground with our own is a start. Then what? This! Dreaming and radical imagination.

The Revolution Where You Live

Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power.

IMG_2581 Mural in Newark, New Jersey, celebrates imagination. Created as part of the mayor’s Model Neighborhood Initiative. 

There are many consequences to the near daily barrage of lies, violence, bigotry, and vulgarity produced by the Trump administration. One impact: This atmosphere crowds out space for imagining and creating new possibilities.

So it was refreshing to hear that for Poka Laenui, radical imagination is not dead. His favorite thing to imagine: What his beloved Hawai’i will be like once it regains sovereignty.

Laenui is one of the leading voices for Hawaiian independence, a radio host, attorney, convener of the Hawaiian National Transition Authority, and an international advocate of indigenous peoples recognized for his work at the United Nations.

Imagination, as Laenui describes it, is not only an antidote to…

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WSU Vancouver’s Mike Caulfield to Lead New ADP Digital Polarization Initiative

ICYMI important for #adjuncts too but not just for their students…as informed media users/consumers, researchers, public intellectual, educators, and digital activists.

AASCU's American Democracy Project

AASCU’s American Democracy Project is excited to announce a new national initiative on digital polarization to be lead by our inaugural civic fellow, Mike Caulfield of Washington State University Vancouver. Mike is a longtime ADP participant and supporter, having been actively involved in our eCitizenship initiative established in 2009 when he was at Keene State College (N.H.) and since at WSU Vancouver. Mike’s expertise as WSU Vancouver’s director of blended and networked learning and his passion for advancing the learning of online communities and ensuring informed civic engagement make him well-suited to lead this new effort and to galvanize the ADP community around advancing student civic literacy in our digital and polarized age.

The Digital Polarization Initiative, or “DigiPo”, is an attempt to build student web literacy by having students participating in a broad, cross-institutional project to fact-check, annotate, and provide context to the different news stories that show up…

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Workplace perks don’t replace respect & honesty

speaking of toxic work environments, there’s nothing quite like higher education’s tiered system with adjuncts at the bottom.

Minding the Workplace

In a piece for Workforce magazine, Paul McDonald urges employers to remember that fancy perks and benefits don’t replace treating employees with genuine respect and honesty:

Faced with a red-hot job market, employers are offering perks like free ski passes, complimentary e-readers and on-site acupuncture to attract and retain quality employees.

…But there are organizations where once the luster wears off, employees begin to see that these benefits are simply camouflage over a toxic work environment.

…Workplaces with low employee morale see constant churn, and right now, the number of U.S. workers quitting their jobs is the highest it’s been in more than a decade. Seven in 10 American workers are not engaged in their jobs, according to Gallup’s recent “State of the American Workplace” survey.

All the bells & whistles, McDonald suggests, don’t substitute for a strong foundation of good employee relations. To attract and keep good workers…

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How to support a colleague under attack

Equity Mathematics Education

(Paraphrased from Grollman’s Inside Hire Ed article, “Scholars Under Attack”)

Individual-Level Strategies

  • Assume that the targeted scholar is already aware of the attack against them.  Do not tagging the targeted scholar on social media if and when you share links from the attack or stories about the attack.
  • Offer to take over keeping up with what is written about the targeted scholar so that they do not have to.
  • Make an informed decision about whether to point out the attack to others.
  • If you decide to raise awareness about an attack, be mindful that some colleagues (especially department colleagues and administrators at the targeted scholar’s institution) may be prompted to act in a way that harms the targeted scholar.
  • Ask what they need and extend an offer of support.
  • Say something more helpful or useful than “you must be doing something right!”
  • Counter the attack with supportive notes and…

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We Must March. But We Must Also Organize Locally

The Revolution Where You Live

The next women’s march is in the works. Although big mobilizations are important, if we want to build power, we have to build sustained organization.

1200px-Women's_March_2017_(32297881662) By Bonzo McGrue,

Last year at this time, a giant women’s march was in the planning stages. It turned out to be among the largest in U.S. history, according to theWashington Post. Between 4 million and 5 million people turned out in over 650 marches across the U.S. on Jan. 21, 2017, ranging from 200 in Abilene, Texas, to five who bravely marched in their hospital cancer ward, to between half a million and a million each in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and New York. In spite of Trump administration sputtering, the D.C. women’s march alone dwarfed the size of the official inauguration.

The pink-hatted marchers conveyed an unmistakable message of fury at the prospect of a Trump presidency. But…

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Appearing 1/31/18: “Workplace Bullying and Mobbing in the United States”

Minding the Workplace

Dr. Maureen Duffy and I are delighted to report that our co-edited, two-volume book set, Workplace Bullying and Mobbing in the United States (ABC-CLIO, 2018), makes its appearance at the end of the month! Booksellers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) are taking advance orders. An Amazon Kindle version will be available as well.

With over two dozen contributors (including a Foreword by Dr. Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute) and some 600 pages packed into two volumes, we believe this will be an important, comprehensive contribution to the growing literature on workplace bullying and mobbing, useful for scholars and practitioners alike. The project deliberately takes a U.S. focus in order to take into account the unique aspects of American employment relations.

From the publisher’s webpage for the book, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights:

  • “The first comprehensive, multi-contributor book on workplace bullying and mobbing…

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Our book club’s next reading is… Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

Bryan Alexander

Last week I asked readers to vote for our book club‘s next reading.  After a very energetic process (117 votes, 7 comments, plenty of stuff on Twitter and via email), we have a new title.

The winner is….

Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything (home pageAmazon) (2017).

As I noted in the original post, Zack is the creator of the amazing and amazingly prolific Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic.  Kelly is a parasitologist.  Together they dive deeply into a mix of technologies, based on scholarship and interviews with practitioners.

Given the enormous importance of technology to the future of education, this is a fine book to read.

So grab your copies (library or purchase, digital or print).  I’ll share a reading schedule… soonish.

How did other titles fare?

The closest runner-up was Chris Newfield’s The Great Mistake: How…

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Top 2017 reads

Minding the Workplace

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Hello dear readers, here are the top posts published here during 2017, as measured by “hits” or page views. I’ve divided them into two categories, in recognition of the fact that the overwhelming share of online searches that lead to this blog are about workplace bullying and related topics.

Workplace bullying, mobbing, and abuse

  1. Gaslighting at work (March)
  2. Trauma-Informed Legal Perspectives on Workplace Bullying and Mobbing (June)
  3. Workplace bullying: HR to the rescue? (March)
  4. How insights on abusive relationships inform our understanding of workplace bullying and mobbing (April)
  5. Workplace bullying: Acknowledging grief (April)
  6. Male targets of workplace bullying (June)
  7. “Jerks at work” vs. workplace soul stalkers (November)
  8. Workplace bullying: Blitzkrieg edition (April)
  9. Workplace bullying and mobbing: Individual vs. organizational accountability (February)
  10. Addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and incivility in higher education: The roles of law, cultures, codes, and coaching (July)
  11. When workplace predators silence and intimidate their…

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