. . . I don’t work at a department where
- there are 10 part-timers per each tenured or tenure-track professor.
- the hierarchies are so strict that the part-timers and the tenure-line professors never meet and don’t even know each other’s names.
- foreign languages at the elementary and intermediate level are taught in a blended online format where students get to meet an actual instructor and talk in the language they are learning once a week. And in a group of 30.
- part-timers get paid $2,200 per course they teach.
- the administration closes down tenure lines on a regular basis.
- the tenure-line faculty members haven’t gotten a raise in four years.
- the university budget has been cut by 16%.
A colleague just visited such a department and came back feeling like our university is Paradise U.
Remember, fellow academics, you need to fight the erosion of tenure-lines and the substitution of professorships with adjunct positions every step of the way. Fight it like the future of academia depends on it.
Because it does.