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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

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