As the Adjunctiverse Turns

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Why the Adjunct Crisis is Everyone’s Business

Check out and follow this new adjunct blog. I don’t know much about it but following and reading is the best way to learn. So far just two posts, anon eds, no geo-tag (understandable cautions in a time of adjunct vulnerability and admin retaliation) ~ not to be confused with the original #Ais4Adjunct at http://www.scoop.it/t/a-is-for-adjunct.

by Rita Lilly, @New95 Associate, October 6. 2016
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Unless you’re directly connected to an institution of higher learning, it’s easy to ignore the crisis adjunct professors are currently experiencing. In truth, it should hold meaning and cause concern for everyone. Here’s why.

First, let’s look at how it affects students and how they, in turn, affect society as a whole.

Many of us have fond memories of in-depth discussions with a professor after class, some of which took a complete departure from the class topic. For some of us, that marked the beginning of seeing ourselves as adults and learning to interact with others on an adult level. Today’s adjuncts rarely have time for those encounters. Most must run from the classroom to travel to another part of town for a second or third job. Since they’re not provided office space, meetings that do take place are held in a…

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Always an organizer, sometimes a staffer, often a pain in the ass to someone

Cultural Capital Doesn't Pay the Rent

This week’s post is from the inimitable Joe Berry, who literally wrote the book on adjunct organizing—  Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education.

Joe was instrumental in getting the 1989 Cervisi decision passed, the California code that states contingent faculty have no reasonable assurance of employment, regardless of promised contracts, and are therefore eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. I absolutely benefited from this 20 years later and many more are still benefitting from it almost 30 years later.

Joe’s story spans decades of historically significant organizing and activism. Important for our current movement, Joe writes about the challenges faced by adjunct faculty when they are in “mixed units” of TT/T and NTT faculty. There has been excitement about starting to organize all faculty together. We owe it to ourselves to understand why this may not always be the best way forward.

On a personal…

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