The Dry Season

educate-agitate-organizeSumer is icumen in and it’s both a relief and a source of fear for adjuncts. Relief that the semester is over and we can take a breather, fear that we won’t be able to pay the bills and won’t get another class assignment in September. Fear that we are well and truly FUBARed.

It’s also the season when we turn to our own scholarly and activist work in earnest, and that’s what we’ll be doing here. The blog has been a bit dry lately, and that’s going to change now. So if you’ve been sitting on something juicy that you want to get out into the world and think NFM woud be a good place for it, send it along. I’m back in the editor’s chair.


Respondents Needed for Study of Attitudes and Emotions in Academic Employment

Please read the invitation below from our colleague Gretchen Reevy, contingent faculty member at California State University East Bay.  Read about Gretchen’s past work here.

Invitation: Participate in a study about university faculty!

You are invited to participate in a research study on experiences of faculty in higher education, which includes faculty on the tenure-track, non-tenure-track faculty (lecturers, adjunct faculty, etc.), post docs, and graduate students. If you are a graduate student, please complete the survey only if you also teach one or more courses in higher education. “Higher education” refers to colleges or universities which grant two-year, four-year, and higher degrees (e.g, Master’s, PhD, M.D., etc.).

You are being asked to answer survey questions about your employment and working conditions, your attitudes toward your work, and your emotional reactions. Questions will also include demographic information about you, such as age, sex, education level, etc. All survey respondent information will be anonymous. Your participation will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

By taking part in this research study, you may increase our overall knowledge of faculty in higher education and their work. This information may be helpful for professional and other organizations that are interested in improving the working conditions of faculty in higher education. Additionally, by participating in the current study you are aiding in the training of student researchers; two of the four researchers involved in this project are students.

To participate, please visit this link:

If you have any questions, the principal investigator can be  reached at:

Thank you!

Gretchen Reevy, California State University, East Bay