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Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier Systemby Keith Hoeller
Synopses & Reviews
Vice President Joseph Biden has blamed tuition increases on the high salaries of college professors, seemingly unaware of the fact that there are now over one million faculty who earn poverty-level wages teaching off the tenure track. The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story entitled "From Graduate School to Welfare: The PhD Now Comes with Food Stamps." Today three-fourths of all faculty are characterized as "contingent instructional staff," a nearly tenfold increase from 1975.
Equality for Contingent Faculty brings together eleven activists from the United States and Canada to describe the problem, share case histories, and offer concrete solutions. The book begins with three accounts of successful organizing efforts within the two-track system. The second part describes how the two-track system divides the faculty into haves and have-nots and leaves the majority without the benefit of academic freedom or the support of their institutions. The third part offers roadmaps for overcoming the deficiencies of the two-track system and providing equality for all professors, regardless of status or rank.
Successful strategies for enhancing the lives of adjuncts and other contingent faculty
About the Author
Keith Hoeller is an adjunct professor of philosophy at Green River Community College, where he became the first adjunct to win the college's Distinguished Faculty Award. He was also the first adjunct to win the Georgina Smith Award from the American Association of University Professors for improving the status of women and advancing collective bargaining. He is the cofounder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association and co-organizer of the New Faculty Majority. He has published more than two dozen opinion articles on adjunct faculty in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and elsewhere.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Case Studies of Progressive Change
Organizing for Equality Within the Two-Tier System: The Experience of the California Faculty Association
Elizabeth Hoffman and John Hess
The Case for Instructor Tenure: Solving Contingency and Protecting Academic Freedom in Colorado
Online Teaching and the Deskilling of Academic Labor in Canada
Natalie Sharpe and Dougal MacDonald
Part 2: The Two-Tier System in Academe
Organizing the New Faculty Majority: The Struggle to Achieve Equality for Contingent Faculty, Revive Our Unions, and Democratize Higher Education
The Academic Labor System of Faculty Apartheid
The Question of Academic Unions: Community (or Conflict) of Interest?
Do College Teachers Have to Be Scholars?
Part 3: Roadmaps for Achieving Equality
The New Abolition Movement
The Vancouver Model of Equality for College Faculty Employment
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