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I was appalled to read the Chronicle article about the AAUP “plan” to provide “Better Pay, Job Stability, and a Career Path for Contingent Faculty” — to present this plan as anything but the atrocity it is…well, I am shocked and infuriated.
Since I haven’t heard many speak out against this yet — and I have waited a few days and fumed silently — I will speak my own mind.
First, the most immediate cause of intense suffering among the one million adjunct professors in this country is extremely low pay. To say that this plan offers better pay is simply not true. $550 to $700 a credit hour? Are you kidding? And using a university in Tennessee as a model? Whyever for? There is no indication of what a full-time tenure-track faculty member is making in the state of Tennessee, or how these numbers square to…
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Closing the Gap: the push for unemployment benefits for contingent faculty in U.S.