Saturday, May 31, 2014

How to get to trust/cooperation…networks for #adjuncts & others

…that also include the subset urging solidarity driven groupthink as the only possible antidote to divisiveness, In this Whole Self Leadership article, Kate Griffiths explores what it takes to move from a place of fear to a place of trust by suggesting a five step process that allows cohesive communities to form....and asks "how do we build cohesive communities?" 

Friday, May 30, 2014

on the future of education in general, universities in particular

…time enough for the present tomorrow…for now, a range of views on the future of education. Like it or not, the present will still be here when we wake up: Union County College in NJ stalling for over a year on negotiations with adjuncts; Northern NM College, still behaving badly (worse actually); adjuncts organizing but not everywhere; contracts approved, for better or for worse; the AFT Contingent Faculty Caucus, a welcome reality; in California, AB 2705 moves to the Senate and contingent faculty closer to being renamed, losing the problematic part-time designation. Maybe the DoL will take the and follow suit.
  • Introduction, 1
  • New learning models: From ‘the sage on the stage’ to ‘the guide on the side’. Hardin Tibbs on the end of the industrial university and the rise of new models of learning. 2-4
  • The changing shape of higher education: Overhauling higher education by Sara Robinson; Re-shaping the university by Bryan Alexander. 5-11
  • The end of the badge: David Birch on the degree in the age of the social hack. And Katie King on Student Needs 2025 12-14 
  • The university in time and space: Andrew Curry looks at the the time horizons of the university, and Cindy Frewen the future of the campus. 15-20
  • Using theories of change to learn about learning: Wendy Schultz and Richard Lum on a unique experiment—embedding theories of change at the heart of scenarios about the future of learning. 21-25
  • Parenting in the computer age: Anne Boysen reviews a book about teaching children on how to live with computers. 26-28 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NM #HorrorStories from @NorthernNNMC & more from the #adjunct news cycle

Ceramic by Latka Studio: NNMC, Española 13' diameter. 6” thick
…the #NNMC story in drafts that I should have stayed awake to send out two days ago is, by now, somewhat superseded by a more recent article in yesterday's Albuquerque Journal. Instead, see below for a list of NM news links to stories about the NNMC mess.

How recyclable the earlier draft commenting on  a Santa Fe Mexican article remains to be seen. Neither paper generally spends much non-booster time on higher education, so coverage now is both a plus and a sure sign just how bad things are. If this were a higher profile part of the country, higher ed media would be all over the story like white on rice. Presumably the state AFT Chapter would be paying more attention to their local than NM AFT, which does not even have an NM higher education page. Let's hope everybody — in-state and out — wakes up and starts paying attention. I'm making a project out of helping that happen.

Elsewhere, a mercifully brief, partial recap of the "adjunct news cycle" followed by NNMC links

Friday, May 16, 2014

Labor Organizing as a Civil Right

 …an idea and article worth revisiting: a 2012 Dissent Magazine article by Century Foundation senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg and labor/employment discrimination attorney Moshe Z. Marvit, also authors of Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right: Rebuilding a Middle-Class Democracy by Enhancing Worker Voice

The "union organizing as a civil right" concept, implicit in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, appeared in 2008, reported by David Sirota in the Nation and elsewhere as "labor attorney Tom Geoghegan's 6 little words". Although widely cited at the time and still remembered by many, nobody took the idea and ran with it. Or so I thought until discovering the Dissent link in "The problem with Thomas Piketty: Capital destroys right-wing lies, but there’s one solution it forgets"  (Salon) by Thomas Franks, author of What's The Matter With Kansas and Baffler founding editor. That solution would be unions and reforming labor laws:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

#KeithHoeller's #call4letters supporting Mary-Faith Cerasoli & @InsideHigherEd on her protest…

InsideHigherEd published a piece on Mary-Faith Cerasoli's hunger strike:

I am hoping we can get a press release up later today. In the meantime, Mary Faith needs our help. She wants New York Governor Cuomo to meet with her to discuss the plight of adjuncts in New York state.

You can support her hunger strike by writing to Gov. Cuomo's Correspondence aid, Kelly Brady at and/or Ian Rosenblum is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education. Ask Governor Cuomo to meet with her ASAP. Given that she started her hunger strike last Friday, it would help to move fast.

Cordially, Keith Hoeller, Seattle, WA. Editor, Equality for Contingent Faculty

Ed note: thinking twitterblitz, sharing this on Twitter? NFM Press Release recommends #hungryhomelessprof. Do mention @NYGovCuomo so he gets a copy. Throw in a media handle too ~ your choice: @NYTimes, @PBSNewsHour, @SarahKendzior, @TheAtlantic, @Slate, @mtaibbi or another. If you tag @VCVaile, @PrecariousFac or @AnaMFores, we'll RT

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wed May13: Day 6 of #adjunct Mary-Faith Cerasoli's #hungerstrike

…Friday May 9, homeless adjunct Mary-Faith Cerasoli began a hunger strike. Tomorrow will be Day 6.

Her objective is to complete what she started in March 28 in Albany at the New York State Department of Education: get the attention of and a meeting with Governor Cuomo about her situation and that adjunct faculty in New York State; bring a attention to the condition of adjunct faculty across the country.

Monday, May 12, 2014

#adjunct miscellany…#BCCAgora, Mary-Faith, Kilgore & #academicfreedom

…so I fell off the daily post wagon, not the first timewon't be the last either. The adjunctiverse did not stop turning to wait for me, although end semester grading slowed social media fire hose flow somewhat

Saturday was #BCCAgora, which, not withstanding occasional tech glitches, an encouraging success for organizer Fabian Banga. Glitches go with the online conference territory, so anyone bothered—get over it. The conference and video open with Audrey Watters on Robots and Education Labor; the adjunct session starts at 2:18:06 ~ I tried but couldn't figure out out how to key the embed to start then. All (coffee breaks excepted) are worth watching.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Is living in an English-speaking country a curse? « @GdnHigherEd

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English is now the only serious global scientific language, says Peter Scott. The global spread of English has boosted the success of UK science, and has also helped to recruit international students to UK universities. But living in an English-speaking country is also a curse, Scott argues. 

#ClassDismissed…@mmstrikesback adds #adjunctsdomatter = #adjunct #hashtagblitz

…did you catch the #ClassDismissed catalog of academic complaints, mostly faculty and with an emphasis on adjuncts? This Facebook timeline message appeared: "Please tweet ‪#‎adjunctsdomatter‬ with ‪#‎classdismissed‬.. I am having one of those epiphany moments. Another good add on option:  #studentsmatter.  Presumably, "anything" refers to education, but what's to keep you from trying unexpected combinations that could prove even more interesting. Here are recent examples (all but one with just #ClassDismissed). What tags would you add? What would  students tweet? K-12 teachers?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What's in a name? In a URL?

…Just a quick note announcing our new blog url—short for Uniform Resource Locator—or just plain address,, now matches its name (with 'blog' tacked onto the end just so no one confuses it with Precarious Faculty on Facebook or @precariousfac). Everything is still hosted on Blogger and in the same place, complete with archives and working links. The original address will still bring you here, morphing into the new one before you arrive.

Whether exercising prescience unawares or expressing an unconscious sense of unease, August 13 of last year, I blogged, What does a theory of change look like?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Education International Newlsletter…CONNECT w/@eduint

…education, in case you hadn't noticed, it's global…keep up with it in the rest of the world

Education International launches web portal on teacher migration worldwide

Moving abroad to teach can be a complicated and uncertain process, full of cultural adjustments, visa challenges, and for some seeking a better way of life, can involve the violation of their rights.
The launch is being accompanied by the release of a broad study commissioned by EI, "Getting teacher migration and mobility right," which garnered usable responses from 1,358 teachers from 53 home countries who worked abroad in 127 host countries. This represents the largest and most extensive known survey of migrant teachers and offers useful insights to inform engagement by various stakeholders.
The study is the result of EI and its member organisations ongoing efforts to protect migrant workers, particularly teachers and other education employees and their families.

"As a global union dedicated to teacher's voices and dignity, as well as to quality education for all students around the world, EI has long recognised the profound importance of international teacher migration and mobility," said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. "We acknowledge that international migration and mobility has become a global phenomenon, representing a notable challenge for many countries, and risen to the top of the policy agenda in many parts of the world", he stressed.

Through the website portal, Migrant Teachers' Rights, teachers going abroad to teach will find valuable information. The site includes a useful checklist, educators' fundamental rights, along with the opportunity to meet others and share stories. For unions, the portal will provide resources, strategies, and examples of best practices.

The report, commissioned by EI, also seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in order to better understand their motivations for migrating, the benefits they gain from their experience, and the challenges they face. The study reviews existing literature on teacher migration and publicly available data sources, as well as information collected through research visits to a range of source and destination countries.
The website is available at and the study can be read in its entirety here

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EI working for fair recruitment of education professionals
Education International (EI), together with social partner agencies and academic institutions, was represented at a workshop on the Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI) organised by the Global Migration Group Task Force on Migration and Decent Work, held at the International labour organisation (ILO)-International Training Centre (ITC), in Turin, Italy, from 23-24 April. read more
EU answers Switzerland: freezes research grants and Swiss involvement in Erasmus+
The European Union has suspended negotiations with Switzerland on the participation in EU education exchange programmes, such as Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020 research programme, because of the imminent introduction of quotas to community workers approved in a referendum last week. read more
Respect migrant workers' rights, say unionists worldwide

The contribution of migrants to their host countries and countries of origin must be recognised. That's according to Global Unions, the international trade union organisations, which include EI. Global Unions made the call to mark International Migrants' Day on 18 December. In their statement, the Global Unions call for the recognition of the many economic, social, and cultural contributions that migrants make to their countries of destination as well as to their countries of origin and for the rights of international migrants to be protected. A new study focusing on teachers' migration in Southern Africa has also been released. read more

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In/scribing the #adjunct as scribe…@AnaMFores writes

… My good friend and colleague Vanessa Vaile, of @PrecariousFac fame and/or notoriety (depending on what you think about the Facebook impasse still going on), has asked me for quite some time to write up something about the image I have consistently employed since I started my petition for Adjunct Justice two years ago now, which I continue to use on my site, as well as in anything I formally write. But one thing has led to another, and I have never gotten around to it.

The other day, however, I was perturbed by an article I read at Chronicle Vitae, "Sharecroppers. Migrant Workers. Adjuncts?" by David Perry. I thought the author might have been referring to my page, Adjunct Justice, when he wrote about the slaves of Egypt. Although he cited another piece, he left me thinking that I should clarify my use of metaphor and image, and that I should please my friend while I was going about it hence my explanation for my use of the scribes in Egypt.

The image I employ in Adjunct Justice are scribes, the best paid of Egypt's society. Yet as a modern society, many of us do not know this. Many of us do not appreciate this fact now the knowledge these scribes had though we do appreciate what is left behind from their learning, and their teaching.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Links from the #KeithHoeller Collection, 2004-2010

…more recent ones are in the collection too but revisiting earlier articles seems in order. Some may be thinking of Keith's work just in terms of posts on the adj-l listserv, an occasional article and now his book, Equality for Contingent Faculty. There is actually a substantial body of work extending back 20 years or so.

Otherwise, too much is happening in the adjunctiverse to cover in depth right here and now. Besides, today is Sunday, and I already blogged two big, fat news aggregation posts, a Mayday wrap on #mobilize4equity and one on the still ongoing City College of San Francisco saga for COCAL Updates — feeds for both now on the page too. If that's not enough, a super guest post from Adjunct Justice's Ana M Fores (aka the better pay petition lady) is coming your way.

Elsewhere on the adjunct event horizon, Frank Reiser and the rest of the Nassau CC adjunct "old guard" had a reprieve and are still news. Expect letter writing reminders! New Mexico higher ed is in the news too: not UNM, the state flagship U or CNM, super-sized vo-tech turned community college (the largest in the state), but NNMCNorthern New Mexico College. Miranda Merklein, who teaches there and at will be blogging NM at Fugitive Faculty. It's on my list too, and a social media push is taking shape. Enough rambling…now for Keith Hoeller's links (which may become a permanent collection in the Reading Room)

Friday, May 2, 2014

via @anoleus…@drweissinger sings the sorrows of Nassau County #adjuncts

…a wrenching lament reworking Malvina Reynolds' lyrics for"Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter" (music by Pete Seeger). This is the real #NCC news, not what you get from today's Newsday. For the rest of the real Nassau adjunct news, read Frank Reiser's blog, Adjunctsaurus. There's more from the rest of us on blogs, Democracy Chronicles' March of the PhDs, Ana Fores' Adjunct Justice and other social media. I'll be blogging and Storifying it at greater length. For now, let's make this a short post day—just listen and share. Then find something to do besides talking about what can't be done or what someone else should do.


This Week @InsideHigherEd Audio premieres today May2

…have a listen & tell us what you think. So would "This Week on This Week" acronymize to TW2? Does anybody else miss or even remember TW3? That Was The Week That Was (video of Dec 1963 highlights)

Program 1: May 2, 2014: This Week on This Week

On our premiere of our new weekly audio newscast, the Teagle Foundation's Judith Shapiro and Ben Wildavsky of SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government join Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik and moderator Casey Green to discuss the White House campaign on sexual assaults, the growth of campus Confucious Institutes, Google's decision to stop scanning university email for ads -- and the state of the selfie in higher education.
Listen to this new program here.
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#MayDay2014 picks: @nathanairplane's What's Left of Mayday + a gem of an #adjunct blog

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