Thursday, April 14, 2011

Adjunct Night at the Movies, BYOP

Your average (adjunct) college professor earns less than a sanitation worker..... 

Please take a few minutes to watch the video below about working conditions for adjunct faculty who comprise over 70% of the total teaching staff at the college in question. Appreciate the very "Network moment" courage too of someone, "mad as hell" and "not going to take this anymore!"  Then forward the It is indeed rare among the precariously employed. We're no John Galts, but Peter Finch's Howard Beale (unfortunate outcome not withstanding) suits.

Accompanying note:

"The gutting of higher education in America has resulted in a corporate model of employment utilizing affiliate college professors who earn less than garbage men and train conductors. This exploitation is reprehensible, immoral and indefensible. This abomination solely serves the interests of college presidents, boards of trustees and administrators at the highest level, while bankrupting teachers, adversely affecting students, tuition payers and ultimately all stakeholders in the educational arena. It must end."

What are your experiences? How do they compare? Are you ready to shout out, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" ? If not yet, when...


  1. What? I don't even get a damn birthday card! Finally-someone is saying what I've been thinking!! I can't take it anymore, I'm living worse than I did working for 5 dollars an hour in high school.

  2. Anyone besides me have trouble with the labor-argument meanwhile insulting or trouncing upon other labor markets?

  3. @L Eaton: could you clarify and elaborate?

  4. I re-posted this on Facebook. Hope that's okay.

  5. political climates in the academic world make it impossible to unionize or even protest.

  6. Hey Anon, that may have been the case and still some place, but things are changing in a lot of places...wake up, smell the coffee...and do something...


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