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A Letter to Full-Time Faculty Members

We live in a time of “adjunct plight” essays. This isn’t one of them. True, I am an adjunct, and I have much plight, but rather than be blamed for whining by you full-timers, let me scare you instead. I am an adjunct, and I’m making it much harder for full-timers to get a job, … Continue reading

Unions Need to Step Up for Equality

Last fall an adjunct professor, who wishes to remain anonymous, created a Facebook page titled “National Adjunct Walkout Day” and posted the following: “On February 25, 2015, adjuncts across the country will come together to insist on fair wages and better working conditions.” Since 2000, various faculty and union groups have participated in Campus Equity … Continue reading

It’s Time to Review Your Adjunct Employment Policies

The National Adjunct Walkout Day planned for February 25, [tomorrow] is an effort by adjunct and part-time faculty members to raise awareness of working conditions and lower pay compared with those of their full-time faculty counterparts. It follows some high-profile adjunct organizing wins by the Service Employees International Union at a host of colleges, including, most … Continue reading

Dear Contract Academic Faculty: I See You

I see you. No no, don’t worry, I’m precariously employed too, so my seeing you won’t change your employment.   I can’t do anything for you, though I would if I could. You don’t need to look like you’re working any harder than you already are just because I am looking in your direction. But know this: … Continue reading

Teaching Students How to Talk Less, and Think More

This week’s question comes from a discussion on my Facebook feed, in which Mark North, an instructor at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., asked for suggestions about how to manage students who monopolize class time with their comments. I often get the flip side of this question from parents who say their child’s teacher … Continue reading

CSU Using More Part-Time Faculty Than Full-Time Professors

Like private-sector employers who turned to temporary workers during the recession, California State University relied on more part-time faculty than full-time professors last academic year as the 23-campus system looked to cut costs. Students say the shift means they have fewer chances to meet with professors outside of class or get letters of recommendation. Part-time … Continue reading