A Little Raillery: Long-time Adjunct Instructor Lands Job as President of University

A Little Raillery: Long-time Adjunct Instructor Lands Job as President of University

Following a lengthy search for a new president, marked by the firing of two very expensive search firms, the Board of Trustees at City State University has announced an unparalleled decision in the appointment of Dr. Amy Wits, an adjunct instructor of communications, drawn from CSU’s own ranks. This is the first time in known […]

Can College Trustees Be Pushed To Solve the “Adjunct Problem?”

Can College Trustees Be Pushed To Solve the “Adjunct Problem?”

By Erin O’Connor and Maurice Black For years now, a sad, steady flow of articles, books, and studies has documented the rise of the “disposable academic,” the growing underclass of poorly paid, uninsured Ph.D.s who do the bulk of college teaching but have no real chance of ever landing a secure academic job. This is […]

If You Think The Treatment of Adjuncts Doesn’t Impact Tenured Faculty, Think Again

If You Think The Treatment of Adjuncts Doesn’t Impact Tenured Faculty, Think Again

by Jonathan Rees While this piece from the NYT‘s business section is designed for any worker, it should have special relevance for academics: These are the kinds of comments I hear in my work as a consultant: • “I’m overwhelmed, and with all the changes going on here, it’s getting worse. There aren’t enough hours in the […]

Too Many Ph.D.s? Those Who Say Yes Are Just Wrong.

Too Many Ph.D.s? Those Who Say Yes Are Just Wrong.

by Ken Mondschein Two sides are shaping up in the debate on the troubled state of American higher education. The one, which I’ll call the Tories, looks back to the glory days of Baby Boomer expansion. The humanities and the right to a liberal education are sacred to this camp, as is tenure. Hard times […]

A Little Raillery: An Open Letter to American Parents From the PT Prof Proletariat

A Little Raillery: An Open Letter to American Parents From the PT Prof Proletariat

by Kathryn A. Higgins One day while I was waiting in line for my daily one free cup of coffee – a perquisite of my job of being an adjunct college professor — a colleague of mine surreptitiously stuffed this into my (enormous, paper-laden) book bag. Although the noise and confusion in the busy cafeteria […]

Are Apple & Textbook Publishers Colluding on E-Book Pricing? The U.S. Justice Department Thinks So.

Are Apple & Textbook Publishers Colluding on E-Book Pricing? The U.S. Justice Department Thinks So.

by James Temple The Justice Department has threatened to sue Apple and major publishers in a high-profile case that could reshape the digital-books market, driving down prices but also potentially shifting market power from publishers to e-commerce giant Amazon. The government warned Apple and five major book companies that it intends to file a lawsuit […]

Boston College Axes Adjunct Over Religious Views

Boston College Axes Adjunct Over Religious Views

Several students are protesting the decision by Boston College to not renew the contract of an adjunct professor in its School of Theology and Ministry who has openly questioned why the Catholic church won’t ordain women. The Boston College mission statement on its website talks about the Jesuit foundation of the school that makes it […]

Faculty Complain That Union Bullies Its Own Members & Is Too Aggressive With Management

Faculty Complain That Union Bullies Its Own Members & Is Too Aggressive With Management

by Matthew Pearson and Andrew Pinsent Faculty members at Algonquin College are speaking out against their union’s leaders who are currently embroiled in a war of words with the college’s administration over the sorry state of labour relations on campus. At issue is the high number of outstanding grievances the faculty union, Ontario Public Sector […]