Adjunct Spring: What Is To Be Done?
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Limerick Irish Eatery (Quechee, VT): twitter “limerickirishea” or “rcbatp”
LiveStream (N+1 Academy)
Facebook Event: Adjunct Spring (What Is To Be Done?)
Updates: migrantintellectual.wordpress.com (keyword “Adjunct Spring”)
Robert Craig Baum (Founder of N+1 Academy and Theatre) invites Adjunct Project rock stars to the academy for a live (in person or online) session.
<<Goal>> to workshop, discuss, and develop action steps designed to increase the visibility of the adjunct crisis. As the result of this first meeting, it is also very important to present to the broader academic and non-academic community at least three new ways to resist the owner class administrators and trustee members.
<<Preview>> here are some ideas to consider, a powerful “wake up” call, emerged from discussions on Adjunct Project:
> lobbying US News and other media college/university ranking institutions to include FT to Adjunct statistics (not Part Time with benefits or yearly contracted workers)
> lobbying regional accreditation organizations to hold colleges and universities accountable through probation or accreditation stripping programs and whole divisions whose high adjunct to full time faculty ratios weaken the institutional health, mission, strategic planning
> guerrilla tactics to assist “at risk” adjunct workers (those who stand to lose the most by going public with their activism)
> using storytelling (“This I Believe” and “It Get’s Better” styled writing/performing) as a tactic that binds us together even in our political or vocational differences. Owning the oftentimes painful and shocking truths of our “expendable labor” will move this movement from reactive to progressive. New affinities result in renewed action!
Journalists, writers, academics, artists, and many others from Left Forum, Chronicle of Higher Education, Boundary2, Modern Language Association, New Left Review, and others will be invited to attend. Key legislators, trustee-level allies, no-complicit administrators, and other private and public activists will also be encouraged to attend.