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Contracting out: everybody’s doin’ it

February 21, 2009

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:

  1. Adjunct Nation
  2. Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labour Links: focused on the U.S. and specifically Chicago and region, but lots of useful links.
  3. A Review of Web Sites for Contigent Faculty,” James C. McDonald

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