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"Contingent Faculty" by any other name…

September 13, 2007

I was replying to Amy Wink’s paean to being poor and righteous, when a comment below reminded me of the term “contingent faculty.” I think this term ranks right below Adjunct in its usefulness and utter lack of description.

I am all for missionaries. Teaching is mostly a mission field. I knew this going in. I just didn’t know the extent of the costs, nor did I realize the entrenched class system of tenured and not: might as well be Brahmans and untouchables.

“Oh, you are a contingent faculty. You can get me nowhere. I don’t need to talk to you. Good luck with this.”

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  1. david hayes permalink
    September 13, 2007 7:11 pm

    Contingent sounds much worse than adjunct. It sounds much more dispensable, whether or not it is.

  2. Natalia permalink
    September 19, 2007 6:36 pm

    There was an email going around in my uni to see if anyone wanted to be part of the sick pool. It sounded funny. But, apparently, it’s people who can’t get classes and will settle for subbing ever so often and getting pennies for their time. Ugh.


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