University of Manitoba Slammed in Study For Sexist Faculty Hiring & Promotion Practices (PTers Overwhelmingly Female)

University of Manitoba Slammed in Study For Sexist Faculty Hiring & Promotion Practices (PTers Overwhelmingly Female)

By Nick Martin Three University of Manitoba professors have launched a scathing attack on their university for employing far more male than female professors and for allegedly paying women less than men. The study, “Ten Years After: Sex and Salaries at a Canadian University,” was published last month by the journal Canadian Public Policy, and written […]

A False Economy? Canada Counts Costs of Downsizing Decade

A False Economy? Canada Counts Costs of Downsizing Decade

  by Sarah Cunnanae Universities across the world are feeling the effects of the new age of austerity as governments respond to their financial circumstances by cutting back. But the pain that many higher education sectors are facing today was felt more than a decade ago by universities in Canada, and the country’s harsh budget […]

The Foreign Lecturer in Japan: A Temporary Who Cannot Say No

The Foreign Lecturer in Japan: A Temporary Who Cannot Say No

by Anthony S. Rausch Foreign lecturer at a national university in Japan . . . sounds promising. But like so many things Japanese, appearances can deceive and you never know how things will turn out. People wind up staying in Japan long-term for a lot of reasons: specialized research, marriage and family, fate and opportunity. […]

Korean Lecturers Protest Low Pay and Shoddy Treatment

Korean Lecturers Protest Low Pay and Shoddy Treatment

One morning recently, throngs of workers were rushing to their offices on the slippery road. But amidst them was a white-haired couple taking down a rain-soaked green-colored camping tent to dry it in the morning sunshine, alongside other rain-soaked supplies. They were not homeless people but “professors” who have taught Chinese history and Korean labor […]

In South Korea, “Non-Regular” Employment is Killing Part-Timers

In South Korea, “Non-Regular” Employment is Killing Part-Timers

“After I tried to overcome various obstacles for four years, I finally found a place to rest here in Austin. …The reason why I am writing this is to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. …Social irregularities cannot only be solved by plausible slogans. These irregularities and contradictions made me abandon my passion towards […]

28 Years & Counting: Foreign-Language Lecturers Versus Italy

28 Years & Counting: Foreign-Language Lecturers Versus Italy

by Henry Rodgers When I emigrated from Ireland to Italy in 1988 I had no inkling that I would become involved in a marathon campaign to end discrimination against foreign language lecturers in Italian universities. That I would return some years later to address and persuade the Irish parliament to press for the prosecution of […]

OPSEU is Smokin’ in Ontario

OPSEU is Smokin’ in Ontario

Untitled Documentby P.D. Lesko Just like the lyric from the “West Side Story” song, it’s “alarming how charming” Smokey Thomas is. He has a strong Canadian accent, speaks rapidly and with a folksy warmth. Thomas laughs easily, and doesn’t hesitate when he calls the democratic process in his own union a “pain in the ass”— […]

Indian High Court Orders Part-Time Lecturers to Accept Unequal Pay

Indian High Court Orders Part-Time Lecturers to Accept Unequal Pay

The Allahabad High Court in Uttar Pradesh, India, has directed that 9,000 vacancies in the various affiliated degree colleges in the state be filled within a year. The court has directed the Director Higher Education to ensure that the management or the principals of the colleges send the requisition to the commission within three months. […]

Anatomy of Sessional Attrition in Canada

Anatomy of Sessional Attrition in Canada

by S. McGinnis After 14 years of teaching, University of Calgary lecturer Allison Dube abandoned his academic career because he said he couldn’t survive on his wages any longer. We wrote about Dube in the March/April 2007 issue of Adjunct Advocate. He is one of almost 600 part-time lecturers on the Calgary campus, and hundreds […]

Israel’s Junior Lecturers Postpone Strike

Israel’s Junior Lecturers Postpone Strike

The Knesset Education Committee’s attempt to stave off a threatened strike by junior teaching faculty seemed to meet with success. Following the urgent meeting, held less than a week before the start of the second semester at the universities, it was decided that negotiations brokered by the Council for Higher Education would be held between […]