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The World of Adjuncts in Philosophy

August 24, 2006

Rob Loftis, philosophy instructor and blogger, has a nicely snarky interpretation of a real ad for adjunct philosophy instructors. Two snippets:

From actual ad:

Applications considered immediately and until all positions are filled [10 possible positions]. Please note that the remuneration for these positions does not by itself constitute a living wage; it can serve only as a supplement. Please submit a CV and letter of interest to: Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Marist College, 3399 North Road, FN 221, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. (SW06), posted: 07/18/06.

At least they are honest.

Loftis’s interpretation:

We have a standing need for ten people to teach a intro level course which we clearly require of all our students. We have decided not to hire tenure track faculty to fill this need. Instead, our business model will require that we use adjuncts to provide the basic services we offer with the budget we are willing to spend. And we have no intention of paying a living wage.

Ahh, it does my heart well to know that I too am part of a larger pool of over-educated, exp

tag: academic, adjuncts, professors, tenure, universities, philosophy, exploitation

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