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Adjunct August

Originally posted by madfreewayflier at Adjunct August
PickAdjunctThousands of California Faculty have been gearing up for fall semester, some of them without a contract, most without benefits and the overwhelming majority working for pennies on the dollar of real faculty salaries. The economics of greed continue to play out in academia, as elsewhere in the "land of the free", with astronomical salaries at the top and returns to brokers, bankers and investors protected by taxpayers, while protections for workers are aggressively eroded by our crony capitalist legal system. The hope that we hold is that we can find solidarity with a new generation of students and young people who are not duped by anti-union rhetoric and the touted "American Dream," a phantom carrot hung-over from the Roosevelt century. [BTW the Pickety-fan economist in the photo is my significant other, D, Calvin Gogerty, who only rarely does teaching.]

We NTT faculty do have our own grassroots organizations, among them COCAL and New Faculty Majority, at the national level, and numerous advocacy groups like California Part-time Faculty Association, at local levels. Those without the time to participate are urged to provide whatever financial support you can. As noted,
"Any critical analysis needs to recognize the fact that during the last two decades of COCAL conferences, working conditions for NTT have deteriorated substantially: compensation has decreased when adjust-ed for inflation, while the gap between TT and NTT compensation has increased and the number of NTT faculty has soared." – Peter D, G. Brown at COCAL XI from the COCAL X Report posted by Vanessa Vaile 8/8/14 http://www.scribd.com/doc/236528801/COCAL-XI-Report-8-8-14

For those following this blog for news of Mt. San Jacinto Community College in Southern California: Friday's contract negotiation meeting ended with evidence of movement in the direction of salary increase. A new survey will be sent to our members this week. CWA/UPTE members, PLEASE check your e-mail soon and VOTE! We will be preparing a new proposal for the next session and we need a majority opinion on issues!
An opportunity to get involved: a Student-Faculty TEACH-IN is scheduled for September 9 in room 1255 at the MSJC Main (SJC) campus from 12:30 - 2:00 pm. Adjunct Faculty and supporting Full Time Faculty are
encouraged to join the discussion -- and share giant subs and soft drinks.



Teachers, Are you Ready to go to War? [for teachers, in general]
http://www.empowermagazine.com/welcome-teaching-profession-ready-go-war/

"Adjuncts are the Walmart workers of education, except for this: These folks come highly skilled and they're fiercely dedicated." In case you missed it:  Khanh Ho's "Silence of Lambs" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/khanh-ho/adjuncts-in academia_b_4144614.html

August Updates from Joe Berry:

CUNY adjuncts secure health benefits [Q: What is the eligibility level? Ans: about 2,000, those over 6 units after 3 semesters.] http://www.universityherald.com/articles/10848/20140811/cuny-adjuncts-assured-health-insurance.htm

SEIU pulls organizing petition at U of LaVerne (LA area) after losing NLRB challenges.
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/08/08/laverne-adjunct-union-cancels-vote-counting

New network possible for adjuncts organizing at Catholic (and other religious-afiliated) schools -- On Aug 7, 2014, at 8:56 AM, Maria Maisto <maria.maisto@newfacultymajority.info> and
New Faculty Majority newfacultymajority.org

University of Alaska Fairbanks community protested their Board of Regent's decision to award the UA president a $320,000 contract completion bonus in the midst of a UA statewide $26 million deficit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481253575424243/

Recent blog by Gordon Haber
http://read.hipporeads.com/why-adjuncts-need-more-than-solidarity/

These people work far more but are paid far less, and are teaching your children
http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2099/These-people-work-more-but-are-paid-far-less-2-and-theyre-teaching-your-children.html

The ageism of diversity [especially for adjuncts]
https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/08/13/essay-age-discrimination-faculty-hiring and on the same topic
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-eeoc-harold-washington-college-passed-over-job-applicant-because-of-age-20140731-story.html
UPTEatMSJCAssociate Faculty of Mount San Jacinto Community College hosted an UPTE/CWA table at a recent Menifee Campus Student Associations fair to enlist student interest in a pizza party and dialog event scheduled for Thursday, May 15 during College Hour. For more information, MSJC Associate Faculty, please check your college e-mail! Our working conditions are students' learning conditions!

FYI: American Association of Community Colleges recently released report entitled Empowering Community Colleges To Build the Nation’s Future at http://www.aacc21stcenturycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/EmpoweringCommunityColleges_final.pdf .

Cognitive Affluence
http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2014/04/daily-chart-17?fsrc=scn/tw/te/dc/cognitiveaffluence


In Case You  Missed IT: Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability
Americans now live in a society in which almost everyone is spied on, considered a potential terrorist, and subject to a mode of state and corporate lawlessness in which the arrogance of power knows no limits.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38209.htm

 
The question is not "What Earth are we going to leave to our children?"
The question is "What children are we going to leave to this Earth?"
-- comment on TV5Monde

Something's Fishy in Academia

sfishyAs I skimmed through my various academic, professional and personal e-mail accounts this week, I was struck by the universal outcry of UNFAIR!  Don't give me the pat adage, "Life is unfair" or tell me more about how positive attitude wins the day. I work hard and I believe my capabilities are better than those of at least 95% of the people I encounter at work (and my education stands behind that high valuation). I'm still adjunct faculty. In a system that is essentially unjust, there is no accounting for fortune. Hard work and positive attitude belong to societies that are just and have the interests of their citizens as their core missions. I celebrate my friends and classmates who have done well in spite of the increasingly limited opportunities for those who haven't started out wealthy and well connected, but even they are aware that hard work and positive attitude are no longer enough for most Americans to reach even middle class status.

Chatter at College of the Desert this week has been about unfair hiring practices that favor the wealthy and well connected. Part-time faculty have been badgered all semester, along with full-time faculty, to participate in hiring committees for a number of important academic positions. For what? I'm glad I resisted the urge to drive for over an hour each way to serve on a committee on days I didn't have to be on campus to teach. It would have been to participate in a sham. The outcry is about the huge waste of all that faculty effort (not to mention the slap in the face to college governance), as Administration and Trustees over-rode the careful faculty selection process to favor their own (need I say, not so academically worthy?) candidates. Faculty who objected were chided by one administrator to watch their "tone" in e-mail reactions, though "arrogance" is the right word for such behavior. [The rarest and most prized lobsters are still the buzzards of the sea.]

Chatter at Riverside Community College District since late April has run along a similar track, except theirs is about the "happy adjunct" – with shades of a Southern plantation's justification of slavery. It's true that RCC offers better adjunct pay than some other colleges in the area. Also, the coordinator of the department I work for, like many middle-managers, includes part-time faculty in department meetings (despite our lack of voting status). We can even join committees, which is great for career self-esteem, and if anybody remembers all our work at reference-writing time, it might help us in the competition against the other 500 candidates for every advertised REAL faculty position we foolishly think we have a chance of winning in the rigged jobs lottery. It is also true that RCC, at least before Obama Care, offered part-time faculty a lower than PPO status version of healthcare, something most American colleges and universities don't do for those of us who constitute the New Faculty Majority. The "happy adjunct" chorus was largely from this contingent and from full time faculty who denounce "middle class status" as something somehow tainted and undesirable (never mind that they've got the means to it). It's also quite true that RCC has "saved" over 30 million dollars since the 1970s when adjunct faculty began to replace full time tenured professors with secure, CTA/CCA union-negotiated benefits. [Red snapper? Pike?]

Meanwhile, at Mount San Jacinto Community College, where adjunct faculty have UPTE/CWA representation, people are curious enough to attend union meetings, if they can fit them into overwrought schedules, but few are willing to stick their necks out and appear in public at board, campus or bargaining meetings. Our adjunct faculty contract expired months ago, and we have been put off by succeeding ranks of administrators, along with a highly paid lawyer, whose simple job it is to say "Noi!" Our trained bargaining representative is a volunteer from another UPTE/CWA campus. Where are all the people who want to move from THIRD FROM THE BOTTOM in California Community College adjunct wages to something a little more worthy of the MAJORITY of faculty who have gotten MSJC into the touted Atherton 150 and helped so many of our students win fantastic scholarships? [Rotten trout!]

I am fully aware that perhaps ½ of college and university adjuncts in America are moonlighting from other full-time-with-benefit jobs, including teaching positions, and that they don't see the personal benefits to fighting for equity for the rest of us, but I urge those with a conscience, as well as those who really  WANT to continue teaching, to read up and become adjunct advocates.

Snippets from my recent reading:

Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labor
http://stevendkrause.com/2014/04/03/thoughts-on-con-job-stories-of-adjunct-contingent-labor/ video and notes

Please check out the NY Times article on contingent faculty  "The College Faculty Crisis" http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/opinion/the-college-faculty-crisis.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=1and
David Milroy CPFA Director of Administration WWW.CPFA.ORG
-- and READ follow-up comments about the type of "research" used to accuse adjuncts of poor teaching, voiced by Washington State Adjunct Activist Keith Hoeller:

[The Times] relied on a study conducted by the Center for the Study of Community College Engagement and funded by an insurance company (Metlife). The Center's Advisory Board is dominated by community college administrators, including at least six presidents... The study was not scientific... ignored a large study conducted by Northwestern University that dealt with full-time faculty. Researchers studied actual outcomes at ten colleges and universities and found that non-tenure-track faculty were actually better teachers than their tenure-track counterparts. At the very least, this shows what contingent faculty can do when provided with proper support... I highlighted this study in your "Sunday Dialogue: Academia's Two Tracks," published in the Times on November 16 last year. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/opinion/sunday/sunday-dialogue-academias-two-tracks.html?_r=0

old item -- LATimes on Adjunctshttp://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2014-04-16/growing-reliance-adjunct-professors     http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-allen-adjunct-professors-20131222,0,4701423.story#axzz2xqEfD0EX


Susan Page for Diane Rehm on NPR:
http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2014-04-16/growing-reliance-adjunct-professors

Adjuncts in Academia
http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2014-04-16/growing-reliance-adjunct-professors


Adjunct Justice
Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/better-pay-for-adjuncts
Join Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AdjunctJustice
Ana Fores Tamayo's letter to Pope reprinted in Catholic Higher Education Advocate http://cheausa.org/adjuncts-letter-pope-francis-gaining-attention-plight-adjuncts/

Adjunct Faculty Union Resistance Archive Join FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/AFUResistanceArchive/
Reid Friedson, Founder & Director Adjunct Faculty Union (AFU)

Report: Importance of Engaging PTF at CCs
http://www.adjunctnation.com/2014/04/09/report-highlights-importance-of-more-fully-engaging-part-time-faculty-at-community-colleges/

Free (limited) Oxford Library access:
http://sosyalmedya.co/oxford-ekutuphane-ucretsiz-erisim/
http://global.oup.com/academic/news/3870210?cc=us&lang=en
oup.com/academic/national-library-week/

Hightower Lowdown: Even Ph.Ds are being squeezed out of the middle class http://www.hightowerlowdown.org/node/3627#.U1GyUsbU2ap


Jim Hightower on Margaret Mary Symbolism
http://illinoistimes.com/article-13699-the-symbolism-of-one-adjunct-professor%25E2%2580%2599s-death.html

Poor ROI College Degrees:
http://www.salary.com/8%2Dcollege%2Ddegrees%2Dwith%2Dthe%2Dworst%2Dreturn%2Don%2Dinvestment/


Pay Gap is Because of Gender, Not Jobs
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/upshot/the-pay-gap-is-because-of-gender-not-jobs.html?_r=1&utm_source=Harvard+Magazine+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=dc99f2e8d7-HARVARD_HEADLINES&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d59fecc95b-dc99f2e8d7-85152005


"UCR First" in dubious ranking game
http://blog.pe.com/colleges-universities/2014/04/28/ucr-time-magazine-puts-campus-attop/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Most_read_daily&utm_campaign=Top%20Headlines%202014-04-29

Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability By Henry A Giroux
Americans now live in a society in which almost everyone is spied on, considered a potential terrorist, and subject to a mode of state and corporate lawlessness in which the arrogance of power knows no limits. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38209.htm

College Newspaper on Adjuncts:
http://www.guilfordian.com/news/2014/04/04/reliance-on-adjunct-labor-might-have-an-adverse-effect-on-classes-and-professors/

Inequality on Campus – posted by Lawrence Wittner on 2/23/14
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/inequality-on-campus_b_4844004.html
Lawrence Wittner (www.lawrenceswittner.com) is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about university corporatization and rebellion, What's Going On at UAardvark?

Adjunct Underground in Los Angeles reads Joe Berry's "Reclaiming the Ivory Tower:Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education"
Adjunct Underground is proud to present an audiobook of Joe Berry’s book, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education!
http://adjunctunderground.kchungradio.org/

Still Living
http://theunarmededucationmercenary.blogspot.com/2014/04/still-among-living.html

Still Among the Living -- Reality in Academia's Trenches! http://theunarmededucationmercenary.blogspot.com/2014/04/still-among-living.html

Part-time Faculty: Contingency Becomes Collective http://writeliving.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/part-time-faculty-contingency-becomes-collective/

Selected from Dave Berry's listserve:

Working USA
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1743-4580
Pay Per View:
The Trouble with “SolutionDriven Unionism”: Labor's Crisis of Ideas and the Promise of Economic Democracy   Authors
Costas Panayotakis First published: 12 March 2014Full publication history
                      
BOOK REVIEW
McClure, Laura. Organize or Die. Madison, WI: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2012. 322 pp. $12.59 (paperback).
        First published: 12 March 2014Full publication history
   Labor-friendly union laws and a bleak economic landscape, dominated by low-paid, contingent work turn the formation of a bargaining unit into a Sisyphean task. ..In this captivating tale, a star organizer is found dead in the midst of a seemingly successful organizing campaign....

Recent blog on academic freedom by Chris Nagel, recently elected to national AAUP execs council.
http://docnagel.blogspot.com/2014/04/academic-freedom-introduction.html

Aaron Calafato and his great show "For Profit" (which many in the contingent faculty movement have sponsored, during CEW and otherwise) is extending his tour. Contact him to plan a show date or attend.  Aaron Calafato <calafato.aaron@gmail.com> Artistic Director at Student Debt Crisis

Joe Berry’s Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education Now Online! -> Chapter 3 – The Chicago Experience http://adjunctunderground.kchungradio.org/

All faculty deserve fair treatment
By Mary-Faith Cerasoli, Commentary
Published 9:10 pm, Sunday, April 20, 2014
http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/All-faculty-deserve-fair-treatment-5416793.php

New study shows grad school profs heavily discriminate against women and minorities in answering their written inquiries, and the private sector is much worse than public. [I assume that virtually 100% of these surveyed profs are FTTT]. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/24/study-finds-faculty-members-are-more-likely-respond-white-males-others#sthash.PdlDgC7e.gMnld3TI.dpbs


Full version of new film about us, "Con Job" (many familiar faces)
https://portside.org/2014-04-05/con-job-stories-contingent-labor
Review of new movie about  us, "Con Job"
https://www.google.com/url?q=http://stevendkrause.com/2014/04/03/thoughts-on-con-job-stories-of-adjunct-contingent-labor/&ct=ga&cd=CAEYASoTMTAwMTAzNjg4MzAxMzcwNzc2MjIaMTk5ZWJjY2Y3MjMzYzU3Zjpjb206ZW46VVM&usg=AFQjCNGdzzaB5UwYhh6QMDD2qwqjRqlgrA

A good list for our prospective allies, especially FTTT faculty.
http://mirandamerklein.blogspot.com/2014/04/ten-steps-to-becoming-adjunct-ally.html?m=1

New article on adjunct organizing in The Atlantic monthly
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/04/the-adjunct-professor-crisis/361336/

Business advisor gives higher ed employers tips on how to spot an early union campaign and stop it. http://www.jdsupra.com/search/searchResults.aspx?sTerm=adjunct+unions+universities&x=8&y=8

Precarity Dispatches: adjunct union organizing in the news
http://precaritydispatches.tumblr.com/post/82825063026/adjunct-union-organizing-in-the-news

Education is not the answer (from Jacobin magazine)
https://portside.org/2014-04-14/education-not-answer

More on the death of Margaret Mary V in Pittsburgh by Jim Hightower.
https://www.google.com/url?q=http://illinoistimes.com/article-13699-the-symbolism-of-one-adjunct professor%2525E2%252580%252599sdeath.html&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoTMTAwMTAzNjg4MzAxMzcwNzc2MjIaMTk5ZWJjY2Y3MjMzYzU3Zjpjb206ZW46VVM&usg=AFQjCNHseeUqFuZglxit_FaAfZubXBkgRA

Recommended:

Join your union(s), pay dues to your state's adjunct advocacy organization (That's CPFA in California) and pay dues to support regional and national part-time faculty advocacy organizations, even if you aren't able to attend meetings and conferences. Talk to your students and to people in your community about what's going on in America's colleges and universities. If you're full-time or otherwise sympathetic, please read http://mirandamerklein.blogspot.com/2014/04/ten-steps-to-becoming-adjunct-ally.html?m=1. Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions, no matter how hard we adjuncts may work to counter the negative effects of our situation.

"Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk." -- Henry David Thoreau

Spring Break Adjunct Update

IMG_1591The Freeway flier is on a mission to memorialize a departed friend, this spring break, but here are some mini-updates from the part-time faculty news network:

Fall of the Faculty Amazon Discussion:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R8GOVXFANR3UL/ref=cm_cr_rev_detmd_pl?ie=UTF8&asin=019978244X&cdForum=Fx3PI1YFKR687RL&cdMsgID=Mx1RF36JTAQW55B&cdMsgNo=4&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx1D2ZYDDZ6ILF1&store=books#Mx1RF36JTAQW55B

Without Tenure or Home
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/nyregion/without-tenure-or-a-home.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Homeless Adjunct to Sit on Capitol Steps
http://adjunctsaurus.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/i-exist-homeless-adjunct-to-sit-on-capitol-steps/

"Professors in Homeless Shelters: It's Time to Talk Seriously about Adjuncts"
http://www.salon.com/2014/03/17/professors_in_homeless_shelters_it_is_time_to_talk_seriously_about_adjuncts/

Getting Caught in the Adjunct Trap
http://www.ericadhouse.com/getting-caught-in-the-adjunct-trap/

Chomsky on destruction of Univ. System
http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/chomsky-how-americas-great-university-system-getting?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

Marnie Weigle on "Adjunct Schadenfreude" http://cpfa.org/blog/schadenfruede-adjuncts/

Columbia Fires Public Intellectuals http://www.thenation.com/article/178821/columbia-university-fired-two-eminent-public-intellectuals-heres-why-it-matters

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang http://alexandreafonso.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/how-academia-resembles-a-drug-gang/

From Graduate School to Welfare
http://chronicle.com/article/From-Graduate-School-to/131795/


ADJUNCT ADVOCACY:

In a March 17 Forbes interview, Harvard Business School Professor Mikołaj Jan Piskorski noted, "Once firms recognize that consumers want to connect to each other, they can develop social strategies that do exactly that under the umbrella of their brand." Contingent professors are finally coming into their own "brand" awareness and social platform strategies. Some of the ongoing and emerging "brands" for contingent faculty advocacy are New Faculty Majority (http://www.newfacultymajority.info/equity), The Adjunct Project (http://adjunct.chronicle.com), Adjunct Justice (http://adjunctjustice.tumblr.com), the California Part-time Faculty Association (http://cpfa.org), COCAL – international/local (www.chicagococal.org) and the Save CCSF Coalition (www.saveccsf.org).

In the last couple of years contingent faculty have gotten increasing television, blog and press coverage and even a modicum of national political attention, when Maria Maisto, President of New Faculty Majority was invited twice to speak before Congressional committees on our issues. Some of the comments following on-line articles have provided first-rate discussion of our work and its value, as can be seen following NPR's " Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?" of February 3 (http://www.npr.org/2014/02/03/268427156/part-time-professors-demand-higher-pay-will-colleges-listen) – along with anti-intellectual, derogatory remarks, of course.


FEED YOUR HEAD:

LA Times Festival of Books announces participating authors: John FitzGerald will read, with Rex Wilder, Willis Barnstone, Anna Journey, David St. John, Kim Dower, Tony Barnstone, Douglas Kearney, Samantha Dunn, Lynne Thompson, Celeste Fremon, Henry Winkler, Anne Thompson & many others.

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-festival-of-books-announces-participating-authors-20140304,0,3880707.story#axzz2v1XUUFJC

Harvard Classics as FREE e-Books
http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/the-harvard-classics-download-all-51-volumes-as-free-ebooks.html

Barnstone Lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6RJAt0Z4dk

Butterfield Catalog –  Heather James Fine Art [Dream on!]
http://issuu.com/heatherjames/docs/butterfield_catalog?e=1275077/7046255

Conference in OnlineLearning
http://www.onlinelearningevent.com/redForms.aspx?id=389080&frm&mLoc=F&sform_id=316492&isbrochure=true&m=1189&eventid=7959&mac=EDDIVE_31714

John Gardiner radio show, "Spoken Word & Spoken Song" streams every Sunday from Laguna Beach, 11 - 1 PM, KX@OneLaguna. We had the first show last Sunday, second one tomorrow. I haven't figured out the dials, levers, switches, and buttons yet, but I'll get there. Baby steps! If you're a poet or musician, I want you as my guest. Tomorrow's guest will be Rick Conkey, producer of Laguna's Music Festival at the end of this month. What do we discuss on this show? As Hamlet said: "Words, words, words."

Days of the Dead http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/books/review/prayers-for-the-stolen-by-jennifer-clement.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Just for fun:

The raciest student statement of the season: "Moravec has strong views on robots.  He strongly believes that if we allow robots to co habitate that they will eventually succeed us and humans will face extinction."

Steps in the Forest

StepsInForest
Step by step, advocates are making the part-time faculty cause known. For this update I'd like to focus on the positive points made in a blog entry by Matthew Pratt Guterl. The whole article can be read at http://matthewprattguterl.com/2014/02/07/adjunct-apocalypse/comment-page-1/#comment-88, but a few of the progressive changes he suggests for fair-minded Department Chairs can be summed up as the following:

1. As the controller of space in my department, I can guarantee temporary teaching faculty space....

2. As chief budget officer, I can provide support for research and travel to match that given to tenure stream faculty...

3. I can ensure that their teaching is valued by investing in it...

4. I can take their research seriously, which means giving them an opportunity to share it with our faculty and graduate students and, again, giving them a fair pool of resources...

5. I can include them in our faculty meetings as active discussants...

6. I can ensure that they are represented on our website as members of our core faculty...

7. I can make sure they are paid the best wage possible....

Of course, his suggestions break down in the all too familiar limitations on what a chair can do, given the current higher education reality. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to see the list put forward as a retort to "There's nothing we can do. You chose to be adjuncts, after all." We cannot say it enough as part-time faculty: we did not choose to be underpaid, third-class academics ineligible for promotion, tenure or any other benefits or respect that our teaching careers should offer. Those are impositions made by academic administrations. We chose to be educators. We are finally educating the public about the injustices we have been suffering in a system that pretends otherwise, and at least one brave blogger is nudging Department Chairs to examine their own practices that could be more just.

Here's to Liberty and Justice for ALL!


Following are some articles I found share-worthy since my last post.

MLA Subconference
http://www.c21uwm.com/2014/01/16/a-conference-of-ones-own-a-report-from-the-mla-subconference/
MLA Sub-Committee: Ustream recordings of most of the panels are available online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mlasubcon, as is detailed live tweeting  at #mlasubcon.

Adjunct Apocalypse
http://matthewprattguterl.com/2014/02/07/adjunct-apocalypse/

PBS tries to look liberal:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/is-academia-suffering-adjunctivitis/

Adjunctivitis Redux
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/is-academia-suffering-adjunctivitis/


"The two-track system leaves the adjuncts worse than if they had no union at all."
http://www.democracychronicles.com/giving-part-time-community-college-faculty-fair-deal/

"As an adjunct, I am experiencing what it would have been like for grade school teachers to be unsupported by the unions."
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/one-professors-american-dream-teaching-turned-american-nightmare/

Faculty on Stike in Land of Lincoln
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/02/faculty-on-strike/

B.S. jobber resentment explained
http://www.strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/
Republicans have had remarkable success mobilizing resentment against school teachers, or auto workers (and not, significantly, against the school administrators or auto industry managers who actually cause the problems) for their supposedly bloated wages and benefits. It’s as if they are being told “but you get to teach children! Or make cars! You get to have real jobs! And on top of that you have the nerve to also expect middle-class pensions and health care?”

Problematic Higher Ed. Boom
http://necir.org/2014/02/06/new-analysis-shows-problematic-boom-in-higher-ed-administrators/

Adjunct Justice on CO pay raise
http://adjunctjustice.tumblr.com/post/75619484241/hb14-1154-cc-pay-benefits-act-of-2014-passes-7-4
Colorado Lawmakers Take Up Sweeping Overhaul of Adjunct Working Conditions http://chronicle.com/article/Colorado-Lawmakers-Take-Up/144397/

Education in General:

Civil Rights speeches
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n_sFDUlvxM&feature=share

40% of JDs not practicing law
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/twelve_years_after_the_jd_20_percent_arent_practicing_law/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email

Distracted Students
http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/driven-to-distraction-how-to-help-wired-students-learn-to-focus/

Literature and Elitism
http://metromag.co.nz/metro-archive/eleanor-catton-on-literature-and-elitism/Photo

Adjunct Updates: Spring Semester Underway

IMG_1482A friend and fellow adjunct I'll call Ann told me she went to fully on-line teaching because getting scheduled in rooms like this got to be too depressing. This is my English 98 room for Spring 2014, as seen ten minutes before class on 2/3. It's incredibly cramped and the screen for electronic media is an awkward left-side view for students. Tables keep edging forward into the lecturer's tiny space, and there's no real teacher desk. The tables won't all fit, if their orientation is changed. The new Humanities building at MSJC has lovely classrooms, but I didn't get lucky, this time. Here's to claustrophobia!

Below are links to a selection of the many adjunct articles that have come my way since my last post. Getting the attention of a few Congresspersons is helping our cause.


Alarming snapshot of adjunct labor:
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/292-an-alarming-snapshot-of-adjunct-labor

Adjunct Resignation
http://adjunct.chronicle.com/why-i-will-no-longer-work-as-an-adjunct-effective-immediately/

Adjunts Gain Traction with Congressional Attention
http://chronicle.com/article/Adjuncts-Gain-Traction-With/144343/

Part-Time Profs. Demand Higher Pay. Will Congress Listen?
http://www.npr.org/2014/02/03/268427156/part-time-professors-demand-higher-pay-will-colleges-listen

99 Problems but Tenure Ain't One
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/283-99-problems-but-tenure-ain-t-one

The problem with being "Just a Teacher"
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/300-the-problem-with-being-just-a-teacher?cid=wb&utm_source=wb&utm_medium=en

"Creditors don’t accept payment in currencies crafted from self-esteem -- only the hard stuff" http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/02/03/essay-why-faculty-members-shouldnt-work-only-love-their-field

Full-Time Adjuncts Win Long-Term Contracts
http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/02/04/rutgers-full-time-adjuncts-win-long-term-contracts

Motivation Alert!: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/02/03/essay-why-faculty-members-shouldnt-work-only-love-their-field#ixzz2sK7ao3Eu
Inside Higher Ed

Solve Adjunct Crisis by Hitting Ratings
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/education/2014/01/adjuncts_in_american_universities_u_s_news_should_penalize_colleges_for.html

"Toxic Delusion" in Ed. Fix Agenda
http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/pat_schneider/edgewood-education-dean-gop-s-accountability-plan-for-schools-is/article_08c4e2ea-89f1-11e3-ae94-0019bb2963f4.html

Should You Check the "Race" Box?
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/302-should-you-check-the-race-box
"It's still up to the faculty to determine who is the best qualified, and they tend to clone themselves." - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/302-should-you-check-the-race-box#sthash.AuhLburo.dpuf

Poor Adjunct Work Conditions Highlighted on Al Jazeera
http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2014/1/28/-notyouradjunctsidekickadjunctprofessorshighlightpoorworkconditi.html

Author's Declaration ....adjunct
http://shukiesweb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/authors-declaration-updated.html?view=classic

How the Movement for Adjunct Justice Got Started
http://www.democracychronicles.com/adjunct-justice/

FB: Adjunct Justice Forum
https://www.facebook.com/AdjunctJustice

NPR story on adjuncts – watch for excerpts.
http://optfa.com/npr-story-on-adjuncts-expected-to-air-friday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=npr-story-on-adjuncts-expected-to-air-friday

The Invisible Professor
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/02/02/the-invisible-professor/4i7aHfxlT4sfKRvFgJwz2N/story.html
"Everyone must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." – Rev Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. said he was as concerned about poverty among whites as among blacks. His life's work was seeking the blessings of freedom for those most discriminated against in our society, but it was not a message of war.

What can we do to help our fellow creatures? If you came to this page as a part-time professor, you may be one in need of help, as we all are. However, there are degrees of need and we can all do something to make life better for others. I am angry that I cannot make a decent middle-class salary for the full-time-albeit-in-pieces work as a community college instructor. My house needs painting and we've still got some carpets that were installed 20 years before we bought the house in 2000, but I HAVE a house and a partner who can help pay the bills. Some of me colleagues are HUNGRY during semester breaks. That's a terrible wrong.

We can join our unions and advocacy groups like California Part-time Faculty Association and New Faculty Majority and we can push to keep our issues in the public and electoral consciousness.
Here are some articles that should encourage us all to keep up the good fight for campus equity:


Crowded Out of Ivory Tower, Adjuncts See a Life Less Lofty
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/nyregion/crowded-out-of-ivory-tower-adjuncts-see-a-life-less-lofty.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Class Divide on Campus:
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/20/22326956-class-divide-on-campus-adjunct-professors-fight-for-better-pay-benefits?lite

Contract Laborer:
http://www.abqjournal.com/331262/news/parttimers-face-double-standard.html

The following came from Joe Berry


Adjunct project reveals huge pay differences nationally
> http://chronicle.com/article/Adjunct-Project-Shows-Wide/136439/

Debra Leigh Scott and Adrianna Kezar talked about adjuncts on Philly radio Wed. 1/7 http://www.whyy.org/91FM/live.php

Dean Dad blog in IHE has comments on adjunct hiring (and questions seniority as a system)  and see comments too
http://www.insidehighered.com//blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/friday-fragments-41

Teacher Elimination Cartoon:
http://assets.amuniversal.com/d623432057900131618d001dd8b71c47?width=750


Join California Part-time Faculty Association, the advocacy organization that lobbies for all California adjunct faculty.


Call for papers, AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

Book review, the sham of school reform (written by a parent)
> http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2014/01/review-sham-school-reform

Wall Street Journal on higher ed finances,, from Wayne Langley of SEIU 32BJ in Boston
>
> Thought I'd forward this.  It is a good summary of where things are at, particularly the trend of outsourcing (author calls for part-time administrators just like contingent faculty), the crash of smaller liberal arts colleges and financial transparency (even at private universities which is relevant to our transparency bill in the Mass Legislature).
>
> None of this will happen without a clear argument connecting the dots and a vision that is different.
> http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303870704579298302637802002-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwNDEwNDQyWj

A Good summary piece on state of US working class by two of the best non-mainstream economists
> http://monthlyreview.org/2014/01/01/the-plight-of-the-u-s-working-class

"Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education". by Joe Berry, from Monthly Review Press, 2005. Look at <http://www.reclaimingtheivorytower.org> for full information, individual sales, bulk ordering discounts, or to invite me to speak at an event.

Join the national membership organization for contingent faculty and their allies, New Faculty Majority. Support, resources,and strategies for all things related to precarious faculty. <www.Newfacultymajority.info>

Call for papers, AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

The American Association of University Professors' Journal of Academic Freedom--a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication--seeks scholarly articles relating to three clusters of topics:
>
> Electronic communications and academic freedom
>
>       • How has the growth of electronic communications facilitated and impinged on academic freedom?
>       • What are the implications for academic freedom of the proliferation of open access publications?
>       • Are commercial entities contributing to the commodification of knowledge through various electronic gatekeeping mechanisms?
>       • How can institutions cope with hacking and other forms of electronic piracy while maintaining accessibility?
>       • To what extent are social media such as Twitter and Facebook changing forms of scholarly communication and knowledge dissemination, and what is the upshot for issues of academic freedom?
>       • How are the increasingly elastic and intangible walls of the electronic classroom challenging existing definitions of academic freedom, shared governance, and intellectual property?
>       • In what ways can we promote faculty participation in the shared governance of various forms of electronic communications?
>       • Are faculty e-mails considered the property of the institution? Can administrators read faculty e-mails without notice or permission?
> The abridgement of academic freedom in instruction
>
>       • The case of former Indiana governor Mitchell Daniels' efforts to purge scholars' writings from the classroom has drawn attention to renewed attacks on academic freedom in instruction. Where are such attacks coming from and how have they been resolved?
>       • The Gates Foundation has devoted millions of dollars to supporting MOOCs and other experiments in online teaching. To what extent are such experiments curtailing or facilitating faculty input into course design?
>       • The suspension of University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan in 2012 drew attention to the increasingly tense relationship between university boards of trustees and university faculty and executives. In what ways, if any, are such institutional dynamics transforming academic freedom in instruction?
>       • Federal and state assessment protocols are putting pressure on curricula in many fields. We are interested in both case studies and overviews that detail the impact of these pressures on academic freedom.
> The increased use of suspensions
>
>       • In September 2013, a professor at the University of Kansas tweeted a comment about gun control that led to a barrage of hate messages. The university suspended this faculty member in order to "avoid disruption." To what extent are such misused suspensions proliferating, and how might faculty members be made more aware of their rights?
>       • As university work has become more complex and extensive, the number of duties from which professors can be suspended has proliferated. Examples include relationships of researchers to outside funding agencies, access to email and computing services, and workplace provisions against sexual misconduct, just to name a few of the complex domains in which professors often operate today. What kinds of problems of academic freedom do partial suspensions in these and other areas represent?
>       • University administrators often seek to cloak suspension in duplicitous language. Does reassignment to duties other than teaching constitute a form of suspension, for example? What is the distinction between such a sanctioning of faculty rights and total suspension?
> The due date for papers on the topic of academia and globalization is January 31, 2014.
>
> In addition to accepting scholarly papers relating to these topics, the Journal of Academic Freedom continues to welcome submissions on eclectic subjects.
>
> Electronic submissions should go to jaf@aaup.org and must include an abstract of about 150 words. The journal uses the sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and authors should anticipate that, if an article is accepted for publication, it will need to be put into Chicago style.
>
>
>
> The mission of the AAUP is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. By joining, faculty members, academic professionals, and graduate students help to shape the future of the profession and proclaim their dedication to the education community. Visit the AAUP website and Facebook. Follow us onTwitter.

Ringing out the Old!

It is inspiring to think that years of part-time faculty advocacy are about to bear fruit. At least in small ways, they are already building mass against formerly immobile forces of opposition. Advocates for City College of San Francisco are making some progress against the arbitrary pronouncements of corporatist infiltrated WASC, adjuncts in places across the nation are winning the right to be represented by their own unions,
and favorable press coverage is mounting. A former President of Oberlin College even raised a voice in the name of adjunct justice!

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[Photo: CPFA Conference at Walnut Creek in April, 2013]

Ending Academic Apartheid
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/somebodies-and-nobodies/201312/ending-academic-apartheid

Fair accreditation and congressional forum, from CA Teacher
http://www.cft.org/news-publications/newsletters/california-teacher/november-december-2013/198-article/700-congresswomen-lead-forum-in-support-of-city-college.html

Million-Dollar-Plus College Presidents
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/12/19/college-presidents-salary-million-dollars

Some additional items of interest:

Another adjunct novel
I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your efforts on behalf of adjuncts. I have attached a PDF of my latest novella, "Adjunctivitis." Amazon published it as a Kindle Single -- it's only $2.99 -- but I am giving it away to adjuncts and those who love them.
Gordon Haber
gordonhaber.net

So you want to get a PhD in the Humanities
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obTNwPJvOI8

-- and for the Techies:

Glenn Greenwald at  "Hacker Conference" in Hamburg
12/27/2013, The 30th Chaos Communication Congress (30C3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEJIR0-KJu0#t=303

End-of-Semester 'junct Update

For those not yet tuned in to New Faculty Majority or Joe Berry's page, here are a couple of updates from them. Meanwhile, keep at that grading -- a good break is coming for all of us.

From New Faculty Majority on FaceBook:
Hard lessons teaching community college:
http://www.salon.com/2011/03/07/teaching_at_community_college_open2011/

From Joe Berry:
More on the online forum set up by Congressman Miller to get contingent faculty storieshttps://chroniclevitae.com/news/207-q-a-the-congressman-who-wants-to-make-ad
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/184-a-congressman-asks-for-adjuncts-stories-and-responses-pour-in#sthash.H0TCKxvL.dpuf

For Profit Universities encourage reward for shoddy work and horrible critical thinking skills: http://twofoothurdles.wordpress.com/basic-faq/
I probably wouldn’t be as concerned about all of this quite as much if so many of my students didn’t want to be teachers, in public service, or people in health-related professions. Roughly a third of my students want to become educators at the elementary or secondary levels (for many, it is a “life-long dream”), yet I wouldn’t allow most of them to teach a one-year old how to say “mommy” and “daddy.”

U of Phoenix co-founder puts home on market in SF for $27 million
> http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2013/11/25/university_of_phoenix_founder_lists_pac_heights_home_for_27m.php

Major Story on adjunct organizing in NYT today.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/us/more-college-adjuncts-see-strength-in-union-numbers.html?_r=0

Portland State U (OR) adjunct union settles new contract with some money for health care.
> http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2013/12/portland_state_university_admi_1.html

The Great Stratification of the University and implications for humanities: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Great-Stratification/143285/

2014 conference CB in higher ed, with many panels on contingent faculty. NYC in April. http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ncscbhep/

Blog by Bob Samuels on the recent AFSCME/UAW  (servicer workers/grads) strike at U of CA
Ø  http://changinguniversities.blogspot.com/2013/11/protesting-dissent-and-unionization.html

For those not in AAUP, here is the link for the published version of Helena Worthen's article on conditions of online teachers as it appeared in Academe, Sept.-Oct. 2013.
Ø  > http://www.aaup.org/article/what-do-we-know-about-teaching-online#.UqY7PyhQmlB

Thanksgiving Greetings and updates!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my colleagues and friends! I'm blessed to have a full load of part-time assignments for spring, though I'm again worried about not having enough units at one college to keep my health insurance. Pared-down updates:


In California

Mt. San Jacinto Community College part-time Faculty are about to begin contract negotiations with the help of UPTE CWA leadership team and Don Nikkels of College of the Sequoias. Associate faculty from any campus of MSJC are invited to join the bargaining team (contact Alexis A Weisbrod of MSJC or Charlie Ridgell of UPTE), as long as you have opted in as a member (http://upte.org/cc/memberapp.html

). Note that if you work at MSJC you pay the same "fair share" dues, whether you're a member or not! Please 'like' UPTE-CWA (https://www.facebook.com/UPTECWA) on facebook.

The following notes are from Joe Berry, author of "Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education."

The 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University system are part of the California Faculty Association, an affiliate of SEIU. As members of CFA, California State University faculty have won contracts that promote academic freedom, uphold faculty rights, deliver financial protection for the faculty, and promote faculty participation in the governance of the CSU and of CFA.

The USFFA (University of San Francisco) Part-time Faculty Association Policy Board has created a video that features interviews with USF adjuncts. It’s a way to capture some of our experiences as part-timers and to help others understand the disparity between full and part-time faculty. We’ll be posting the video on our website, but here is the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xYbz49K-gg


Elsewhere

Good News! Maria Maisto, President of the New Faculty Majority, was added to the lineup of the House Education and the Workforce Committee's hearing Thursday 14 November on "The Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Schools, Colleges, and Universities." hours (not such an issue in CA as in other states):
http://optfa.com/nfm-president-testifies-before-house-committee-on-aca-effects-on adjuncts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nfm-president-testifies-before-house-committee-on-aca-effects-on-adjuncts

Please join the national membership organization for contingent faculty and their allies, New Faculty Majority. Support, resources,and strategies for all things related to precarious faculty. <www.Newfacultymajority.info>

More on adjuncts and student outcomes
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/15/study-finds-no-impact-student-success-having-adjunct-instructors

Good radio show from Baltimore on "Adjuncts, the new working poor", with interviews of many colleagues http://www.steinershow.org/podcasts/local-and-state-politics/adjuncts-the-new-working-poor/

Blog on Catholic site on adjuncts and unionization (impetus from Mary Margaret case)
> http://www.uscatholic.org/blog/201311/fight-fair-wages-adjunct-professors-whose-side-church-28115

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