The adjunct underclass : how America's colleges betrayed their faculty, their students, and their mission / Herb Childress
Book | The University of Chicago Press | 2019
Available at Gateway-Racine Campus New Books Display (LB 2844.1 P3 C5.5 2019)
x, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-207) and index.
Note on Interview Confidentiality
Preface: This Is How You Kill a Profession
1. What the Brochures Don't Tell You
2. The Permanent and the Contingent
3. Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum
4. Building the Contingent Workforce
5. If We Don't Pay Teachers, Why Is My Tuition So High?
6. The Comforts of Those inside the Castle
7. Hapless Bystanders
8. What to Do?
Afterlife: Life in Exile
Appendix A: Tracking the Elements
Appendix B: The Academic Career Calibration Protocol
Class ends. Students pack up and head back to their dorms. The professor, meanwhile, goes to her car . . . to catch a little sleep, then picks up a drive-through cheeseburger before driving across the city to a different class. All for a paycheck that, once prep and grading are factored in, barely reaches minimum wage. Welcome to the life of the mind in the gig economy. Over the past few decades, the job of college professor has been utterly transformed - for the worse. America's colleges and universities were designed to serve students and create knowledge through the teaching, research, and stability that come with the longevity of tenured faculty, but higher education today is dominated by adjuncts. In 1975, only 30 percent of faculty held temporary or part-time positions. By 2011, as universities faced both a decrease in public support and ballooning administrative costs, that number topped 50 percent. Now, some surveys suggests that as many as 70 percent of American professors are working course-to-course, with few benefits, little to no security, and extremely low pay.
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