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At Beyond the Margins, Becky Tuch urges AWP to stop ignoring adjuncts:

Here’s the thing, AWP. The percentage of teaching positions occupied by non-tenure track faculty has more than tripled in the past four decades. According to the Adjunct Project, “Two-thirds of the faculty standing in front of college classrooms each day aren’t full-time or permanent professors.” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “the shadowy world of would-be academia is filled with people cobbling together five or six such teaching gigs at once. That’s possible because some 70 percent of college courses offered are now taught by adjuncts—part-timers who are paid a pittance and have no job security.”
Yet, at this year’s conference in Seattle, the biggest AWP conference yet, you did not have a single panel dedicated to adjunct teaching. Nor were there any panels addressing this shift toward part-time faculty at colleges. Absent also were lectures, discussions or Q&A sessions addressing these changes in the academic climate.

I hope Philly adjuncts are successful in their attempts to unionize.

Do Not Call Us ‘Professor’ →

A group of CUNY adjuncts added language to their syllabi describing what exactly an adjunct is:

Adjuncts are not regular members of the faculty; we are paid an hourly rate for time spent in the classroom. We are not paid to advise students, grade papers, or prepare materials or lectures for class. We are paid for one office hour per week for all of the classes we teach. We are not paid to communicate with students outside of class or write letters of recommendation. Out of dedication to our students, adjuncts regularly perform such tasks, but it is essentially volunteer labor.

When I started adjuncting, I was told to have my students address me as Professor Carroll.  And while I was given some good reasons to do this — the biggest benefit being to teach the students how to treat and address their instructors throughout their time as college students — we were also simply being asked to trick our students.  We pretended to be and provide something we weren’t and did not have.

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