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Colleagues Abroad: Part-time Lecturers in the UK Speak Out—”I don’t make enough for rent”

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Steve Hanson, 44, part-time lecturer in political sociology I have a doctorate from a great university; I’ve worked on government research projects, and have more published work than many tenured staff. I have been hourly-paid for about five years now, but HR departments have been alert enough to knock me out of the system before […]

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Why All Universities in Kenya Are Phasing Out PT Lecturers

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matian'gi delivers his speech during the biennial conference on the state of higher education in Kenya, at Kenyatta University on August 22, 2016. The Commission for University Education has announced that part-time lecturers will be phased out. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Ouma Wanzala The Kenyan Commission for University Education has announced that part-time lecturers will be phased out. The commission is determined to phase out part-time lecturers, saying most of them are giving substandard services to students. Part-time lecturers will soon be locked out of universities as the higher education regulator moves in to ensure that […]

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Lecturer Uses Facebook to Expose The Poor Working Conditions of Part-Time Instructors In South Korean Universities

Part-time instructors in most South Korean universities suffer from poor working conditions and low income. (Photo by Chung Sung Jun/Getty Images)

by Jean Marie Abellana About 70,000 lecturers from several universities in South Korea are working part-time. These teachers renew their job contracts every semester. While the majority of them desire to be given a full-time status, most schools prefer not to grant them such since part-time employment is seen by universities as more cost-effective and […]

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Dutch Legislature Strengthens Temp. Faculty Contracts, Universities Thwart New Law

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At universities in the Netherlands, an increasing number of university academic staff are being employed on flexible contracts, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported in 2014. Over the past 17 years, the number of university staff on flexible contracts has doubled, rising to 40% in 2012. If Ph.D. students, most of whom are on temporary contracts, […]

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A Perspective from Canada—The Wage Gap that Plagues Non-Tenured Faculty is a Political Issue

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by Gail Lethbridge With Frosh Week drawing to close and Labour Day still fresh in our memory, it’s a good time to ask who is teaching our university students. Many are full-time professors with good pay, health care benefits, vacations, job security pensions and tenure privileges such as sabbaticals. And many are not. About half of […]

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British University Rejects Criticism for Using Academic Title of “Hourly Paid Lecturers” for Some Temp. Faculty

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by Jack Grove With so many variations of lecturer, fellow, reader and professor – such as senior, associate, visiting and principal – academic job titles are sometimes seen as confusing for British students. But a rather blunt job description of “hourly paid lecturer” used by the University of Lincoln has attracted criticism for a different reason. A […]

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Contract Lecturers in India Cry Foul Over Pay Equity Issues

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Even though the government stresses quality education and promises equal pay for equal work, at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, nearly 600 contract lecturers at the university staged a protest at the campus demanding the authorities raise their salaries and pay them according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms. The strike has been called off […]

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UK Judge Blasts University Officials Who Filed Libel Suit Against PT Lecturer

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by Andrew Hough Salford University, in Manchester, England, charges students up to £9,000 ($13,950) a year in tuition fees and axed 60 posts last year. University officials were accused by a judge of abusing the High Court’s processes in actions against part-time lecturer Dr. Gary Duke. Senior officials authorized legal action against the former part-timer over […]

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Is “Casualisation” of Faculty “Damaging” Post-Secondary Ed in Ireland?

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by John MacGanhann Among the most damaging effects of the cutbacks in education is the casualisation of teaching and lecturing. Ironically, this is exacerbated by the abuse of legislation intended to protect employees against abuse. Many teachers and lecturers are experiencing severe income poverty because they struggle on fixed-term – which is to say temporary – […]

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Indonesian PT Lecturer & Human Rights Leader Sacked After Op-Eds Critical of Government

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By Bagus BT Saragih The Indonesian Defense University dismissed one of its non-permanent lecturers, Al Araf, after the media publicized the latter’s opinion pieces, which criticized the alleged irregularities in the government’s weapon procurement projects. Rector, Lt. Gen. (ret) Syarifuddin Tippe, confirmed on Wednesday that the dismissal had been linked to Al Araf’s recent opinion […]

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