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08
Jan
13

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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05
Jan
13

Working Smarter, Not Harder

grading papersAs the semester begins, now is a good time to evaluate our work strategies and begin new ones. Many of us feel overworked during the year. While some perhaps cannot be helped, often our ways of managing our work are to blame . Matt Steel at Metagramme believes that our propensity to take on too much is rooted in fear.

One of the glaring issues I faced was a total lack of boundaries. No phone call was too late to answer, no email too early. My lack of boundaries came from fear. Fear of what would happen if I said no more often. Fear of missing deadlines or disappointing customers. I was also afraid of allowing quiet reflection and creative diversions into the work day. I was punching the clock like any hourly employee. The story I told myself was that slowness and emptiness were the same thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve found recently that when the time is used well, slowness can actually be one of the most profound sources of abundance.

In his article “The Abundance of Slowness,” Steel gives 8 steps to a more balanced life and career.

28
Dec
12

Should You Go To Grad School?

Ron Rosenbaum offers his perspective in this article on Slate:

And, in fact, as many have noted, the choice to go to graduate school may only offer the illusion of comfort and security—these days it’s an arduous path that only rarely leads to tenure; for the unwary it’s a wild and expensive gamble with no guarantee of security.

Should You Go To Grad School?

 

 

 

 

 

18
Dec
12

Holiday Chocolate Therapy!

Please join us this Friday at Chocolate Secrets for some Holiday Chocolate Therapy (Jazz and Wine therapy, too) to celebrate the end of the semester and the holiday season.  

Holiday Chocolate Therapy

26
Nov
12

Is the University in Danger?

This interesting article was shared by Keith Wayne Brown. 

The End of the University – Andrew Taggart

What do you think? Is it the end of the university?

1992: Vedran Smailović plays his cello in the destroyed National Library, Sarajevo.
Photo: Mikhail Evstafiev

26
Nov
12

Welcome to Independent Scholars!

Welcome to Independent Scholars. Here, we will share ideas about education and contingent faculty issues. Please also visit our site at Independent Scholars!