Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Higher Ed in The Nation

More visibility ... not just trade pubs, student & local press... there's an article in The Nation, Higher Education Takes a Hit, about "contingent labor" in higher education, "positions that have increasingly replaced full-time, tenure-track jobs" but "pay only about a fourth as much, per course, as tenure-track positions, seldom come with benefits and offer little job security or possibility of advancement."

Yes, we already know all that - old news to us - but how nice to read it in a national magazine. And even nicer for The New Faculty Majority (The Coalition) to get a tip of the hat:
Despite these organizing successes, some adjuncts say that under the sponsorship of some national organizations, like the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, which also represent full-time faculty, they often get short shrift.

That may soon change, if fourteen adjunct activists from across the country succeed in forming the New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct and Contingent Equity. The group, whose organizers first connected on a list-serv, is still in the planning stages. But co-chairs of the organizing committee Deborah Louis and Maria Maisto said they have already received membership requests.

What next? Get the word out. Even 'juncts can go viral.

Read the article, forward it, share it on Facebook, bookmark, review & rate it on the social bookmarking sites (Digg, BuzzFlash, Reddit, Delicious, StumbleUpon & so on). After all, to cite NFM co-chair Deb Louis (from the article), "Now, with all the Internet potential, it becomes a whole different ballgame."

While you're at it, write a Web Letter about the article. According toThe Nation's Web Letter page, "Web Letters are continuously published e-mails from real people, signed with their real names. No registration is required. Each article page on The Nation includes a Web Letters link."

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