Archive for October 2013

Photo by Randolf Rautenberg
Photo by Randolf Rautenberg

Presidential Forum

Avenues of Access: The 2013 Presidential Forum

Michael Bérubé

The 2013 MLA convention in Boston featured the first Presidential Forum panel consisting entirely of faculty members off the tenure track. “Avenues of Access: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members and American Higher Education” sought to put non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty issues front and center at the MLA convention, both for MLA members and for the national higher education press. . . .

Photo by Ryan Dickey
Photo by Ryan Dickey

Presidential Forum

Free-Market Faculty Members

Joshua A. Boldt

The following story was posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Adjunct Project Web site by an adjunct who identifies himself only as dancesintheruins, for fear of retribution by his institu­tion . . .

Photo by Brandon Cripps
Photo by Brandon Cripps

Presidential Forum

Contingent Labor: National Perspectives, Local Solutions

Beth Landers

From June 2009 to June 2012 I served on the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession (CLIP), chairing the committee during my last year. One of the greatest benefits of working on a professional commit­tee of this sort is the opportunity to learn about the profession as a whole . . .

Photo by Ian "Harry" Harris
Photo by Ian "Harry" Harris

Presidential Forum

Addressing the Scarlet A: Adjuncts and the Academy

Maria Maisto

The title of my essay was inspired by the fact that around the country, adjunct faculty mem­bers—and not exclu­sively those in English departments—have seized on The Scarlet Letter as an allegory of what they have experi­enced in their contin­gent appointments. . . .

Photo by Mick Stanic
Photo by Mick Stanic

Presidential Forum

Reinventing Access: Free Public Higher Education, Quality Instruction, and Job Security for All Faculty Members

Robert Samuels

The problems facing higher education cannot be resolved in a piece­meal or institu­tion-by-institu­tion process. We need a compre­hensive plan to deal with tuition increases, student debt, decreased degree attain­ment, question­able educational prac­tices, and the casual­ization of the academic labor force. . . .
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