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Rewarding Excellence: An Unexpected Dilemma for Contingent Faculty

As I was chairing the first official meeting of the Society for Classical Studies’ Committee on Contingent Faculty last January, somebody posed a simple question: “Do you think we should try to make some kind of award for people in non-tenure-track positions?”  Our group was brainstorming ways to bring greater attention–and recognition–to people in the constituency we represent, and this proposal garnered support pretty quickly.  1,628 more words

Book Review: The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy

PALS Note: We are excited to have a guest book review from Caitlin Kelly. In this post, Kelly shares a review of The Slow Professor and… 1,037 more words

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Another Victory for Adjunct Rights


I can’t title this article “I Won” because I already used that title. But now I have won a $125,000 settlement and reinstatement after being fired for criticizing the administration of Moraine Valley Community College. 776 more words

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Seven Years an Adjunct: Part I


I’ve been on the job market since January. That’s no time at all in academe time, and already two-thirds of the applications I’ve sent out, at an average of ten per week, have met form-letter deaths. 1,145 more words


Does anyone have a megaphone?

There’s been a lot of progress in the two years that I’ve been advocating for contingent faculty within the Society for Classical Studies (SCS).  We’re now represented by our own committee, have a seat at the table in Professional Matters, and are about to gain greater protections–at least in theory–through a revised Statement of Professional Ethics.  1,101 more words

Tenure-Track Responsibility and Adjunct Exploitation


Guest blogger Michael Bérubé is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University and a member of the AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. 549 more words


How do I exploit thee? Let me count the ways


Our work advocating for faculty may seem to be eclipsed, at present, by national events, but the stellar AAUP members in our Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Chapters, befriended now by scores of authors, activists, lawmakers and organizers around the country, tirelessly persist, in this, the Age of Persistence. 1,342 more words

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