#contingentacademiclabor

What Artow Now

The English Department at The Ohio State University is struggling to come up with the funds to fulfill the contracts for 18 adjunct lecturers. These folks have contracts that extend through the summer of 2017, so I do not quite understand how those arrangements can be terminated but that’s where we are. I will be attending the department meeting this afternoon to learn more and show my solidarity.

The short version of the problem goes like this: When the university converted from quarters to semesters a few years ago, the department needed to find a way to cover first year writing courses that had been spread out over three terms and were now compressed into two. Under the quarter system, graduate students teaching one class per term were teaching three courses every year, but under semesters teaching one class per term meant that graduate students were teaching only two classes each…

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