an online community for adjuncts, contingent faculty, precarious academic workers & friends of NFM to meet
See all
Members (36)
Lee Kottner's profile photo
Robin J. Sowards's profile photo
Seth Kahn's profile photo
Amanda Rachelle Warren's profile photo
Amy Lynch-Biniek's profile photo
Nicky Agate's profile photo
T.L. McPico's profile photo
David Palmieri's profile photo
Debra Leigh Scott's profile photo
Desiree W's profile photo
Erik Marshall's profile photo
Fabian Banga's profile photo
Gillian P's profile photo
Gracie G's profile photo
T Ravi's profile photo
Mike Timonin's profile photo
Jeremy Proctor's profile photo
Karen Madison's profile photo
Lisa Woods Yarnell's profile photo
Miranda Merklein's profile photo
Marco Caramori's profile photo
Vicky Phillips's profile photo
Mary Frances Fahey's profile photo
Maryanne Buschini's profile photo

Stream

Lee Kottner
moderator

Introductions  - 
 
Here's one of the scariest parts of this budget, aside from the death of tenure and shared governance.

OPEN RECORDS
– All 132 members of the Legislature, their staff and those who work for legislative support agencies would be able to shield nearly all their communications and work material from the open records law. Currently available material, like bill drafts, would be kept secret. Nearly all records created by all other state and local government officials would be exempted from the records law as well.
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Announcements  - 
 
Lee Kottner originally shared:
 
Anyone who is mourning Jon Stewart's retirement or who is a fan of John Oliver knows the power of satire. Its current proliferation is a powerful weapon in the activist arsenal, one employed to gre...
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Questioning the ethics of public universities hiring starjuncts while paying the bulk of their faculty poverty wages.
The fact that money is being siphoned off to pay "brand ambassadors" instead of teachers speaks volumes about the value of education in America.
2
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Introductions  - 
 
Some good organizing tips from #NALA.
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Announcements  - 
 
14 more signatures to hit 11K, which is still less than .01% of the 1.5 million higher education instructors out there. Closing July 15th.
1
Add a comment...

Andrew Robinson

Discussion  - 
 
“Where Were the Faculty When We Really Needed Them?” @AndrewR_Physics https://medium.com/precarious-physicist/where-were-the-faculty-when-we-really-needed-them-735a6171612d
At many Universities in the English-speaking world, a large portion of the teaching is now done by temporary labour, wor…
2
Add a comment...

Andrew Robinson

Discussion  - 
 
So what caused me to go on a bit of a rant on Twitter today?
1
1
Andrew Robinson's profile photoGracie G's profile photo
5 comments
 
Fixed the typo. I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for you darned kids. 🐕
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Social media is only a useful pedagogical tool if administrators and parents let it be. Monitoring your teachers and professors for correct speech is an infringement of the right of free speech and academic freedom. It also curbs protest and organizing efforts, not incidentally.
One woman's experience illustrates the uneasy relationship many teachers have with social media — and that is what this story is about. You might think it would be simple: Just follow school policy. But I talked to more than a half-dozen teachers, in different districts, and they all said their schools had no written guidelines.
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Announcements  - 
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Hoo boy. That's the question, isn't it? Weigh in here.
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Regardless of whether adjuncts have full-time jobs outside teaching or teach full time, they should be paid like the professionals they are. We can't eat the cultural capital we provide by "giving back to society," and it's an insult to any professional to pay them poverty wages. Either make this kind of service a charitable tax deduction, or pay a living wage.
At Illinois Valley Community College, some of those who get the most from classes are the adjunct faculty members.
1
Andrew Robinson's profile photo
 
What it's really saying is that "Our business model is so broken that we rely on our instructors to have another job, to subsidize our operations". And then pretend that they all do. Blatantly dishonest.
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Announcements  - 
 
Lee Kottner originally shared:
 
It’s been a busy summer already. Here’s more from COCAL.   by Joe Berry joeberry@igc.org COCAL is the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, a nearly 20 year old network of contingent activists and their organizations that does a conference (now tri…
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Announcements  - 
 
New benefits for adjuncts in Massachusetts.
The new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law outlines regulations that govern sick time accrual and use as it relates to student workers and faculty…
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Announcements  - 
 
Some organizing inspiration.
I recently heard someone say his college-bound nephew asked him, 'What's a union?' Whether you love unions, loathe them, or remain indifferent, the fact that an ostensibly educated young person might have such a significant gap in their knowledge should cause concern. A historic labor conflict, after all, provided the occasion for Ronald Reagan to prove his bona fides to the new conservative movement that swept him into power.
1
Add a comment...

Andrew Robinson

Discussion  - 
 
Here's the story which started my writing on academic matters.

"Enough’s enough” @AndrewR_Physics https://medium.com/precarious-physicist/enoughs-enough-6c56afe36d00
Contract teaching at a Canadian University
1
Add a comment...

Andrew Robinson

Discussion  - 
 
“The Myth of the Scholar-Teacher” @AndrewR_Physics https://medium.com/precarious-physicist/the-myth-of-the-scholar-teacher-8d24d8fa9b2b
One of the central tenets in Higher Education thinking is that excellent scholars are also capable of teaching the subje…
1
Lee Kottner's profile photoAndrew Robinson's profile photo
2 comments
 
+Lee Kottner Hardly anyone admits that good researchers are not necessarily good teachers. It's standard doctrine in the research-intensive universities. But of course, the selection criteria are heavily biased to "research potential". So you end up with people who are absorbed in their research and on average are average teachers anyhow. So much for quality of teaching.
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Full-time faculty positions cut and replaced by adjuncts. Meanwhile, "From 2012 to 2014, senior administrative pay rose by 33 percent, while faculty pay rose by only 12 percent, according to numbers from the Community College System provided by the State Employees Union."
Funding for public higher education is a core issue in the budget battle now being waged between the Governor and the Legislature. Meanwhile, budget woes
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
"Why does it matter? Well, you try teaching an overenrolled classroom, stuffed to the gills because the university can make more money per class if you just put a few more chairs in the back. Or try to publish research that could harm the company for which that new student center is named. Want to sit on the hiring committee for the next biology professor? Sorry, that seat’s taken by the folks who are funding the chair.

"Ka-ching! Education has become a $1 trillion business, according to the Education Industry Association, the aptly named 'professional' organization that helps “education entrepreneurs” find 'potential customers' and 'form strategic business partnerships, gain business skills, acquire industry data and understand/influence public policies.' The description is from EIA’s website, which is  heavy on business jargon and notably short on equity and access to education."
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
"Around the world there is an ever-growing concern associated with the continual rise of the commercialisation and privatisation in and of education driven by large global EDU-businesses, the operations of which are being allowed, facilitated and at times promoted by governments."

A major factor in the adjunctification of faculty, too.
1
Add a comment...

Lee Kottner
moderator

Announcements  - 
 
Only 150 signatures before we hit 11K. Keep sharing! There's 1.5 million of us out there, not counting our allies!
1
Add a comment...