A Call for Sentinels in Academia

by VanessaVaile

adding this fine #adjunct blog to the feed reader, blogroll and PF Reading Room collections

Gregory Specter

What is happening in Wisconsin with regards to tenure is disturbing, but I’m more concerned with what the reactions to circumstances in Wisconsin reveal about the expanding discord between individuals on the tenure-track and the vast majority of college-level teachers living off the tenure-track. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence of this conflict to be found on Twitter and on article comment sections. Individuals outside of full-time academic work express feelings of “welcome to my world” when hearing responses from those on the tenure-track reacting to changes in tenure proposed for the University of Wisconsin system. Those with precarious employment might look at tenure-track professors in Wisconsin as hypocrites for never voicing concern about the uncertain economic and employment situations facing their colleagues. Others might feel that folks in Wisconsin should just leave; others would be more than willing to take their vacant jobs. From those on the tenure track…

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