Contracting out: everybody’s doin’ it
“US: Hiring temporary academics on the rise,” John Richard Schrock, University World News (Feb. 15/09): university adminstrations are using the economic downturn to justify expanding the trend:
The university thus gains “financial flexibility” to meet changes in education funding. University presidents who are big on being CEOs – and small on academics – are proposing hiring staff on temporary contracts as a permanent way to manage higher education, hence the term “perma-temps”.
“Creating a National Voice for Adjuncts,” Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 20/09): an article about a nascent organization whose organizing committee includes over a dozen higher-education faculty from seven states and one Canadian province. See also Lesko on why this new group should be a union.
Also check out:
- Adjunct Nation
- Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labour Links: focused on the U.S. and specifically Chicago and region, but lots of useful links.
- “A Review of Web Sites for Contigent Faculty,” James C. McDonald