The Adjunct Situation Gets Attention

willworkforfood243x301Some days it feels like you’re just screaming into a gale-force wind, but my fellows, we are being heard. This year at the MLA convention the plight of contingent faculty was a major topic. MLA President Michael Bérubé spoke in our behalf, and brought together a panel of experts on adjunct issues.  Read more about it Josh Boldt’s blog Copy–Paste.com here: MLA Convention 2012 and The Year of the Adjunct.

William Pannapacker asks the question we are always asking ourselves: What if the Adjuncts Shrugged?  As the majority of faculty, we hold much more power than we exert.  More and more, adjuncts are banding together and in some places forming unions. What might change if we all suddenly walked out one day?

And finally, even the IRS is getting into the game.  I know. Are we sure we want them looking at anything? Maybe we do.  Schools notoriously calculate adjunct hours without regard for the actual amount of work that goes into doing the job. With the new health care laws going into effect, will there be changes to how much colleges will allow adjuncts to work? Read about the issue here: IRS Starts to Address Issues on Adjunct Faculty Hours.

N.B. Don’t forget to check out again, if you have not already, The Adjunct Project, an incredible resource for information about the working conditions of contingent faculty.



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