25 January 2014

Adjunct Spackle

"A 'long-term fiscal crisis' has crushed Ph.D.s into adjunct spackle, to be applied liberally to cracks in university foundations."  --Tressie McCottom

Anyone concerned about adjunct issues and looking for reasons to spend time online yesterday (instead of, say, grading papers) found them:

Days like yesterday, it feels like higher ed could change.

What replaces "adjunct spackle" though?

Huge classes taught exclusively by tenure-stream faculty?

Mechanized teaching (not the same thing as online teaching, which is labor-intensive if done well)?

Eroded gen. ed requirements?

Adjunct activism needs to take place alongside activism about college teaching, and about what it looks like when it's done right.

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