The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission




      The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission
Class ends Students pack up and head back to their dorms The professor, meanwhile, goes to her car to catch a little sleep, and then eat a cheeseburger in her lap before driving across the city to a different university to teach another, wholly 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 thirty 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 fifty percent Now, some surveys suggest that as many as seventy percent of American professors are working course to course, with few benefits, little to no security, and extremely low pay In The Adjunct Underclass, Herb Childress draws on his own firsthand experience and that of other adjuncts to tell the story of how higher education reached this sorry state Pinpointing numerous forces within and beyond higher ed that have driven this shift, he shows us the damage wrought by contingency, not only on the adjunct faculty themselves, but also on students, the permanent faculty and administration, and the nation How can we say that we value higher education when we treat educators like desperate day laborers Measured but passionate, rooted in facts but sure to shock, The Adjunct Underclass reveals the conflicting values, strangled resources, and competing goals that have fundamentally changed our idea of what college should be This book is a call to arms for anyone who believes that strong colleges are vital to society. Free Read [ The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission ] By [ Herb Childress ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission
  • Herb Childress
  • 15 November 2018
  • 022649666X

10 thoughts on “ The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission

  1. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    If you think the laws of capitalism were somehow not something academics had to worry about you d be wrong Although the Tenure Track professors are doing fine thank you, there is a class of postdoc the NonTenure Track adjunct who is a Ph.D level burger flipper Made to teach a semester course at an average rate of 2700 dollars per course when the hours put in are calculated comes out to less than minimum wage in some states in the US This is a class of workers who have the highest If you think the laws of capitalism were somehow not something academics had to worry about you d be wrong Although the Tenure Track professors are doing fine thank you, there is a class of postdoc the NonTenure Track adjunct who is a Ph.D level burger flipper Made to teach a semester course at an average rate of 2700 dollars per course when the hours put in are calculated comes out to less than minimum wage in some states in the US This is a class of workers who have the highest credentials but make low wages, have no job security, are subject to harassment and must remain silent or face reprisal, in other words, marginal as the most exploited workers in this economy yet entrusted to teach intro courses to freshman at most universities This is a bad situation for the adjuncts, the students and yes even the shrinking number of privileged Tenure Track professors who...

  2. Neil R. Coulter says:

    For anyone who has kept up with the Chronicle of Higher Educationregularly over the last several years or , The Adjunct Underclass reads like a greatest hits compilation of all that we ve seen at CHE, week after week In fact, CHE is where I first heard about this book What sets Herb Childress s book apart is the clear, well reasoned argument th...

  3. Marks54 says:

    First things first I made a decision long ago that I would not work as a contingent faculty member or a contingent anything, I might add Several acquaintances of mine work as adjuncts but I have only recommended and supported such work for them in specific situations I also know acquaintances or their children who have moved into academia via grad programs and obtaining a new doctorate This is also a highly risky proposition these days, and possible only for a select few individuals I am First things first I made a decision long ago that I would not work as a contingent faculty member or a contingent anything, I might add Several acquaintances of mine work as adjuncts but I have only recommended and supported such work for them in specific situations I also know acquaintances or their children who have moved into academia via grad programs and obtaining a new doctorate This is also a highly risky proposition these days, and possible only for a select few individuals I am very familiar with the conditions analyzed by Mr Childress His book capably presents them and provides reasonably curren...

  4. CarolynKost says:

    Reading this book makes me want to give Childress a hug and some warm cocoa as he rails at the loss of the relational university, which emphasized the experience and connections to be made between professors and students, rather than the credit hour credential consumer model that has quickly spread like a virus to institutions of every stripe Education has fallen victim to neoliberalism, in which everything is a commodity and people are regarded as buyers, sellers and service providers Reading this book makes me want to give Childress a hug and some warm cocoa as he rails at the loss of the relational university, which emphasized the experience and connections to be made between professors and students, rather than the credit hour credential consumer model that has quickly spread like a virus to institutions of every stripe Education has fallen victim to neoliberalism, in which everything is a commodity and people are regarded as buyers, sellers and service provid...

  5. William Koon says:

    I must start by saying some of my closest friends are adjuncts And I never thought I would use that language Herb Childress The Adjunct Underclass, How America s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission explains in detail exactly what he proposes American higher education has gone to hell It has gone to hell quite rapidly And one of the biggest reasons is adjunct or part time faculty It s not so much their fault as it...

  6. Kate says:

    Not perfect, but important in starting a long overdue conversation about the future of higher education Everyone in academia or wanting to be in academia should read this book I especially appreciated this...

  7. Frank says:

    Academia It s not that great for basically everyone but the 1% His idea of adjuncting as basically hope labor is kind of accurate and is a little sad Also, I was way under payed at CSUF compared to the 3 unit class average of 2700 So yeahWill writeabout this later.

  8. Dez says:

    I enjoyed the quiz at the back of the book that told me I was right in the heart of adjunctland Glad I left as ABD and didn t finish lol

  9. Chris Nagel says:

    The butler did it.The bulk of this book is taken up with diagnosis of the problem of precarious employment in college teaching For me, and for most people with reasonable familiarity with the issue, this will be nothing new at all In some ways, the analysis in these chapters is less fine toothed than in other books notably Marc Bousquet s How the University Works.But the last chapter and the Aft...

  10. Chris says:

    A good book that doesn t tell you anything you don t know if you have been following this issue for some time, but it offers up to date numbers and brings it to 2019 The book is also written in an accessible style, which is appreciated if it wants to reach a wider audience of undergrads, grad students, etc In part, the points here cannot be said enough college is about relationships and student success depends on such relationships that good teaching is expensive that there are a A good book that doesn t tell you anything you don t know if you have been following this issue for some time, but it offers up to date numbers and brings it to 2019 The book is also written in an accessible style, which is appreciated if it wants to reach a wider audience of undergra...

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