Tuesday, June 24, 2008
"Legal Win for Indiana Faculty Who Aren’t Renewed"; Andy Guess; IHE; June 23, 2008.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I Just Tune It Out. Recent posts at On The Tenure Track, University Diaries, and Burnt Out Adjunct on the pernicious effects of new media on literacy. Is it ironic that BOA is itself badly marred by widgets making loading slow?
A Plague On Both Your Houses. "The Crossroads Of American Educational Politics" (at edwise): if you enjoy reading about the neverending debates about how (never whether) to push people around as much as I do, don't miss this thrilling episode of The Clueless Rich.
Who Guards The Guardians? A review of The Students Are Watching, by samjshah.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
"Reading Between the Lines"; Stephen Metcalf; January 28, 2002.
Friday, June 13, 2008
You might as well just go ahead and add Adjunct Advice to your own blogroll. I'll be doggoned if I'm gonna go on publicly admitting that Zobel's much better at this than I am.
Then there's Disciplined Minds (here's my review ): for some reason I haven't seen any discussion of this one lately; that's a shame. Heck, I haven't even seen the book itself lately ... I "lent out" my copy and we all know what that means ...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Well and good. Bousquet links (at his own page, but, weirdly, not in Brainstorm) to a short academic-labor bibliography by his co-brainstormer Mark Bauerlein. Who links in his turn to ... well, here my troubles begin. As of now, the article in question is here, and a fine piece is is too. But the Chronicle un-posts its stories after some few weeks and hides 'em behind a subscription wall. And this is too much of a concession to timeliness for my taste. I get ticked off when people post links to stories that require me even to "sign in" to something, never mind pay ... so I'm ethically bound not to post such pseudo-links myself (or, of course, to stop being ticked off ... but that's unlikely).
The really disgusting thing (also linked by Bauerlein) is this enormous list of Chronicle pieces on "Tenure and Labor Relations in Academe". Could somebody with some influence please tell these clods what the web is for? Surely they're not selling any subscriptions by limiting access to what ought to be their own best advertisement.
"THE STATE OF LITERARY THEORY: Why Today's Publishing World Is Reprising the Past"; Jeffrey J. Williams; June 13, 2008 (hey, that's tomorrow).
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
No, wait. Lesko v. AFT. Now I'm done.
"The Last Professors"; Scott Jaschik, June 11, 2008; IHE.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
With pride and with slight change to the text, I am copying here two paragraphs from an email that just arrived:
Yesterday evening, with part-time faculty members Alan Stover and Terilee Edwards-Hewitt monitoring the counting of the last remaining ballots, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation announced the final tally for our election. By a margin of more than three-to-one, Maryland's Montgomery College adjunct faculty overwhelmingly voted to unite together with SEIU.
A round of applause broke out in the room as officials from the labor board read off the 250th vote for SEIU, marking a clear victory for adjuncts. As the vote count continued to climb past 300... then 350... and all the way to 365, instructors who had turned out to watch the vote count began hugging and congratulating one another. When all the ballots were counted, the final results was 365 YES votes to 105 no votes.
Deepest thanks to Alan, Terilee, and everyone at MC who worked toward this goal, and for everyone in Maryland and across North America who speaks truth to power on issues of fairness in adjunct employment. This is a first and mighty step forward for adjunct professors at Montgomery College.
Rebecca M. Trussell
"Montgomery College part-time faculty agrees to unionize"; Wednesday, June 4, 2008.