Monday, February 23, 2009

Groucho Never Did This

Some adj-l members have set up a national committee; IHE mentions this development in the last "quick take" on this page. But none of the main players on that list have ever shown the slightest interest in anything I've ever had to say and I've cancelled my subscription as of five minutes ago. So if anything interesting develops, maybe you should tell me...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Now With Interesting Trolls

"Adjunct professors need their own union", by Keith Hoeller, guesting in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer yesterday. Hoeller covers the adjunct beat better than anyone I know, regularly posting links to recent articles to the adj-l email list (as many as everybody else put together, easy... Keith Hoeller needs a blog...). He's also a real activist. (Many of us, and this emphatically includes me, are perfectly happy to do research but shun the essential political work.) His focus seems to be more in the legislative arena than organizing per se; indeed, he's sometimes perceived as "anti-union".

And here's "Cutting colleges' adjunct instructors not a wise move", by Jack Longmate (a couple weeks ago). If you get the idea that Washington (state) is about a gazillion years ahead of Ohio, go to the head of the class.

I haven't been reading adj-l much lately... it's begun to seem mostly like "blowing off steam" and it seems to me if we're going to do that, the least we can do is do it as publicly as we know how...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Our Virtues And Cruel Goodnesses

Steve Street has begun The New Faculty Majority—a blog about Adjunct Activism devoted to actions this coming April. Ordinarily I'd just shove a new blog into the sidebar, but this seem to call for special attention. I'm Academic Lumpenproletariat and I approve this message.