I’m Very Happy That. . .

. . . 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.

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8 comments on “I’m Very Happy That. . .

    • Experience would make sense if adjuncts had a hope in hell for permanent employment, which they don’t.

      The cynicism! The hypocrisy! I’m appalled. (Not with you, of course. With the situation).

  1. The reality of tightened budgets is that by reducing the number of adjunct positions, or by significaantly increasing adjunct remuneration, tenured faculty will have to accept significantly increased teaching loads. There is no free lunch against a constrained budget. When I started teaching in England, the not at all unreasonable teaching load was 12 hour per week. Now many American faculty are coasting on 6 hours per week or less, supported by adjuncts hired at low, albeit market rates. I agree that it is much better to eliminate adjunct teaching completely and increase tenured teaching loads. 12 hours per week is a small burden for a secure and high salary. But do not expect to have it both ways. Increase adjunct faculty remuneration and expect a major substitution back into proper faculty teaching responsibilities. If Clarissa is correct, everyone is better off, including, of course, Clarissa herself in forcing tenured faculty to pull their proper teaching loads.

    • All true. I teach 3 and 3, while tenured and TT people at the university I have described in this post teach 1 and 2 or, at most, 2 and 2. They seem to be better off right now but I predict that their program will not survive for a very long time. As soon as a disconnect appears between the lower and the higher level courses, one can pretty much guarantee that the program will lose its majors and, eventually, will close down. This is precisely happened at my alma mater. The program I have graduated from with a BA and an MA does not exist any more. :-(

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