Seth Kahn (NFMF Board member) makes a couple of important points about academic labor, devaluing teaching and the two-tier system over on his own blog, Here Comes Trouble.
On Facebook this morning, this piece from SEIU’s Faculty Forward site. It says a lot that needs saying aloud about labor problems particularly at for-profit institutions, and I encourage you to read it if you have any interest at all in academic labor equity.
One line, though, convinced me that I need to take yet another shot at an argument I’ve been making here and there for years now, but apparently not well enough. Author Wanda Evans-Brewer says:
Course offerings barely reflect my level of expertise, yet I accept them because I need the work, and my students need a teacher.
I see this a lot–faculty who are disgruntled with lower-division teaching assignments when their training and expertise clearly qualify them to teach upper-level and graduate students too. But we know that all too often, non-tenure-track faculty teach mostly if not exclusively general education courses, and feel like their…
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