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Why Do I Do It? Good Question!

by Susan Mazur-Stommen, Ph.D.

I HAVE A DEEP-SEATED prejudice against people from certain states, those that tend to vaunt creationism over evolution, for instance. I have a solid suspicion that the legislatures and governors of those states just aren’t as invested in education as they should be, and therefore, their citizen-students pay the penalty. Suffice it to say, if I am ever offered the opportunity to provide employment to one of those unlucky possessors of a worthless public education, I shall decline to do so.

Fair? No, but whoever said the hiring process was fair?

There appears to be a similar bias against those academics (like myself) who have worked as adjuncts during the perilous years between filing one’s dissertation and getting (hosanna!) a full-time, tenure-track job. At least rumors persist of snobby, elitist, and worst of all, employed members of the professoriate who dismiss the applications of their unfortunate brethren in favor of applicants less tainted by experience.

Read further at your peril!

For this is a jeremiad in favor of the adjunct, we lowly, underpaid, workhorses of a system that is sinking as rapidly as Venice, those of us who make up some 40 percent of the higher

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