We are All Faculty

by VanessaVaile

HT @AdjunctAction

The Catalyst

I have been thinking about faculty with contingent contracts for well over the last decade, when it became increasingly clear that the President and Provost of Seattle University began to hire an increasing number of faculty with precarious short-term contracts. Of course, SU is not alone in this move. A quick look at recent articles published in both the mainstream press such as The New York Times or specialized publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education or Inside Higher Ed will reveal a very troubling trend. The arbitrary establishment of a two-tiered faculty has not gone unnoticed by professional organizations, with the lead taken by the Modern Language Association and the American Association of University Professors in trying to stem the tide and protect the integrity of the profession.

Like many colleagues across the country, I have come to conclude that this is bad for all universities, but it…

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