University of Bari Students Back Lettori Against Rector

University of Bari Students Back Lettori Against Rector

by Domenico Pacitti OVER 650 ANGRY students from the faculty of foreign languages and literature at the University of Bari in southern Italy have petitioned the rector to reinstate their original language teachers. They say rector Giovanni Girone has aggravated long-running job discrimination against the university’s language teaching staff of 72 lettori (contract lecturers) by relegating them to […]

Parity of Partiality in California? Only Time Will Tell

Parity of Partiality in California? Only Time Will Tell

by Pamela Dillon IN ITS 1998 report, “Marching Toward Equity,” the American Federation of Teachers documented that part-time college faculty accounted for 42.6 percent of the total number of college faculty in America. Furthermore, 72 percent of part-timers were paid less than $3,000 per course, and a typical part-timer teaching four courses per semester received an annual salary of $20,000. That same […]

Hard Times

by P.D. Lesko THERE’S AN OLD joke that goes something like this: It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job. It’s a depression when you lose your job. Needless to say, the economy has slowed a bit during the past three months. Fortunately, the Adjunct Advocate’s subscriber base continues to grow, and the magazine is doing relatively […]

Scientists Don’t Have To Visit

by Christopher Cumo C.P. SNOW regarded the humanities and sciences as different systems; its differences extend to the number of visiting scholars in each. Recently, 16 of 519 faculty jobs listed on H-Net, a Web site which lists positions in history and other humanities, were for visiting faculty. This number is small, but not compared to the sciences. Of 208 […]

The Decline and Fall of the “Adjunct Model”

by Christopher Cumo AS MANY AS 46 percent of postsecondary faculty are part-time, remarked Jane Buck, AAUP president at its annual meeting last June. Richard Moser, AAUP associate secretary, decries the corporate university for defining education as a commodity it buys at lowest cost by subcontracting adjuncts to do the dirty work. Robert Weisbuch, president of the Woodrow […]

Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages

Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages

by Diane Calabrese Scientists in Film: Musing Over the Messages IN HOLLYWOOD, it’s generally about getting the woman. Yet even the sane male scientists portrayed in films seldom find a date. They lose out to secret agents, pilots, cops, and CEOs. The few women scientists in films have a tough time too. Ingrid Bergman, playing a gifted […]

A Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education

by Mark J. Drozdowski and P.D. Lesko The Chronicle of Higher Education 49 issues per year, Subscription rate: $75 per year; six month subscription $40.50, 1255 Twenty-Third Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 I’VE OFTEN HEARD that admitting one’s vice is the first step toward recovery, so here goes: I’m a higher education junkie. Quite naturally I scan the […]

Scientists Share Adjunct Concerns

Scientists Share Adjunct Concerns

by Peter Miller THEY CAN DEFINE pi to fourteen significant figures, easily. Sometimes, they smell like formaldehyde or a newer chemical used to preserve or disassemble life forms. They might greet you as “fellow carbon-based life form.” They’re typically male, and their dress code hasn’t changed since they proudly declared themselves geeks in junior high. Scientists. Academic scientists, in particular. […]

From Russia With Love: Studying and Teaching in Siberia

From Russia With Love: Studying and Teaching in Siberia

by Michael D’Entremont THIS PAST SUMMER I had the exciting opportunity to visit and teach English in Russia–Siberia, to be more specific. It wasn’t always pleasant, but it was a truly amazing experience and worth all the effort. The International Summer Language School is located in the village of Borovoe–about thirty miles outside of Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia […]

Adjunct Activists in the Sciences: Missing in Action

Adjunct Activists in the Sciences: Missing in Action

  by Christopher Cumo Science may be remarkable not for Superstring Theory or gene splicing but for the obliviousness of academics in the sciences to the rise of casual labor in academe. Science has no Cary Nelson. Stephen Jay Gould, Brian Greene and Jared Diamond let their science do their talking. They have nothing to say […]