…that makes us want to say #thenhireme. Joe Fruscione initiated this thread at Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Faculty, a Facebook adjunct group.
Entertaining, irresistible and a send-viral must share, it would make a good drinking game too. Just thinking about the lines is enough to drive most of us to drink. Joe opens,
I'm not sure if this is productive or even appropriate, but I'd like to start a thread about phrases long-time adjuncts are sick of hearing. For me:
"You're a perfect example of what's wrong with the market. You've done so much but still can't get a full-time job. Someone should hire you."
"With 13 years of teaching, a book, and active research, you should be able to teach anywhere.
"It's their loss."Others joined in added theirs
Robert Craig Baum "It's just a question of supply and demand. Americans demand cheap labor." <--- as though the market isn't always undermined and manipulted by crony capitalists and the government Kafka-inspired bureaucrats
Robert Craig Baum: "Why would I hire someone who does not respect himself enough to demand a better salary or benefits?" <--- here's the catch-22 perfectly expressed
Joe Fruscione Also: "Just hang in there. Things will turn around."
Melissa Bruninga-Matteau: Mine is 'well, if you wanted a full time gig, you should have majored in STEM'.
Priya J. Shah: "Just make sure to keep up with your (unsupported) research!"
Margaret Yeoman Hanzimanolis Have you thought about teaching high school?
Vanessa Vaile: "at least you've got a job"
Priya J. Shah: "At least you're doing what you love."
Robert Craig Baum: "It was your decision to not drive [60 miles in a blizzard] to work."
Priya J. Shah: "Well, if only you had been willing to move across the country..."
Priya J. Shah: Clearly I'm pissed. That's not a quotation, that's just me.
Robert Craig Baum: "We're cancelling your three classes because they are underenrolled" [19 students, not 20] NOT JOKING!
Joe Fruscione: Great so far. How can we get this to more people? Twitter? Etc.? (This is me, not a canned line I hate.)
Now it's your turn: help us get this to more people. Share the #fakeadvice lines you are most fed up with hearing. How? Any and every which way. Add them wherever you see this: here, on our FB page, on the original Con Job thread, as a reply when you see it on Twitter. Reblog, RT and share to closed groups too,