SAN JOSE -- At a forum for adjunct faculty members Saturday, organizers asked participants to write down notes about their concerns about job security and compensation issues. The first note read aloud asked: "How do we get multi-year contracts?" To which one adjunct in the crowd shouted: "How can we get one-year contracts?"
Instructor whose resignation drew attention to controversial (since rescinded) DNA-testing policy at U. of Akron is blocked from ever coming back.
National survey finds generally high job satisfaction, but many fault salaries, lack of health insurance or difficulty of moving to full-time faculty ranks.
Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers advice and perspective on saying "no."
A coalition of academic associations is today issuing a joint statement calling on colleges to recognize that they have "one faculty" and to treat those off the tenure track as professionals, with pay, benefits, professional development and participation in governance.
At many faculty gatherings these days, one hears quips and complaints about for-profit higher education. Professors who value what they consider essential and eroding traditions -- a significant tenure-track faculty and the centrality of the liberal arts, for example -- resent the adjunct-heavy, career-education dominant model of higher education that is widely used in for-profit higher ed. As a result, many faculty advocates are skeptical not only about for-profit higher education, but about the growing number of alliances between nonprofit colleges and for-profit colleges.
It's been more than a decade since Cary Nelson summed up his views on problems facing higher education in Manifesto of a Tenured Radical. As Nelson would be the first to admit, the issues he identified in that book have not changed -- or at least not in the direction he would want.
The budget crisis at the University of California illustrates why faculty members can't rely on administrators to guard the real interests of higher education, writes Bob Samuels.
New School part timers win contract with not only raises, but family leaves, differential titles and a commitment to representation on curricular committees.
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