How to adjunctivize your university

by VanessaVaile

#FridayFright4Faculty — an early Halloween post for adjunct and tenured.

Bryan Alexander

University of Texas president PowersThe embattled president of the University of Texas (Austin) recently gave a speech reflecting on that institution’s status.  In William Powers’ “State of the University Address 2014” we can find many useful ideas.  For now, I’d like to focus on how that president openly advocates for increasing the proportion of adjuncts in Austin’s faculty.

Powers is very clear about his goal:

American higher education has been de-tenuring itself, that is, unleveraging itself, for the last 20 years. My point here is that we need to do this in a purposeful way that is aligned with our large-scale teaching and research goals in ever more detailed ways… [emphasis added]

De-tenuring (adjunctification) is already part of the landscape.  So let’s keep doing it, but more effectively, more strategically. The campus won’t break from the adjunctifying herd. That’s clear enough.

So how do we set about furthering the transformation of the professoriate?

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