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    The Great Shame

    I am not an adjunct and I have no plans to become an adjunct but I found this an interesting read.

    'The Great Shame of Our Profession' - The Chronicle of Higher Education
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet
    I am not an adjunct and I have no plans to become an adjunct...
    Wise choice! It's pretty frightening.

    From the article:

    "Twenty-five percent receive public assistance, like Medicaid or food stamps. One English-department adjunct who responded to the survey said that she sold her plasma on Tuesdays and Thursdays to pay for her daughter’s day care."

    Around here (Ontario), welfare is a better gig. Health coverage is free (welfare or not) - as is basic dental care, for welfare recipients. Plus, you get money, of course.

    J.
    Last edited by Johann; 02-15-2017 at 01:27 PM.

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    Wow....that was interesting!

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    With all of the available information regarding placement rates and job openings, I sometimes question why people continue to pursue particular degrees or fields...

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    I really do not understand.

    I do some adjunct when I want to save up for something outside of core budget. Something to splurge on. I have a full time job, part time job, and some adjunct work. What do these people think will be happen, when they graduated?

    If "[a] 2014 congressional report suggests that 89 percent of adjuncts work at more than one institution" and "[a]according to the 2014 congressional report, adjuncts’ median pay per course is $2,700" why in 2017 you still only have a single job?

    "The only recourse I have is to revert to an online classroom ..." - uh... yeah? So? Are you kidding? You are in your flip flops, at home sipping Bourbon while changing the diapers. You have a problem hopping on every two hours for 10 minutes and responding to Q&A? Or, is "online classroom" is oh so below you?

    "My book exists because I was willing to give up a tenure-track job to write it." I am not sure the causality is truly there... There are plenty of individuals who are tenured and written books outside of Academia.

    As I see it, author does not recognize how Academia no longer has the printing press banned. That Academia no longer can punish those who translate the Vulgate.

    Academia is the new Catholic church, and online education with a plethora of choices is Martin Luther's Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum.

    Yes, I had a rough day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhp View Post
    ...online education with a plethora of choices is Martin Luther's Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum.

    Yes, I had a rough day.
    Sic. Certissime aspera in die. (Yep. Rough day, for sure.)

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    @jhp; Excellent post above. Obviously everyone's situation will be different, but I don't see what is so wrong with working a full-time or part-time gig while adjuncting (preferably....online...from anywhere....and anytime....) until one has enough schools/adjunct opportunities to sustain themselves or they are offered a full-time teaching gig. Seems like a pretty reasonable strategy to me or am I missing something?

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    No, it is not a bad strategy. I was ranting about complaining about the darkness, after turning off the light.

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    To be a successful online adjunct (PT income supplement), one really needs to be good at time management, understand the role and the employer and client culture. It is not for everyone. Works best when you are self employed and have flexibility or are retired.

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