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Mathieu Plourde

Working in Non-Harvard Higher Ed - 0 views

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    "The well-being of public college instructors is far more important to national life than anything that happens at Harvard."
Mathieu Plourde

On Academic Precarity - Ali Colleen Neff, PhD - 0 views

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    "If you are thinking of getting out, my advice to you, for what it's worth, is: get out. Even if you get that tenure track job, it's not the thing you thought it was going to be. When you are getting paid this little, you might be able to wiggle the freedom to walk away"
Mathieu Plourde

Study looks at impact of adjunct hiring on college spending patterns - 0 views

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    "the reports really show that the shift to a contingent academic work force was motivated by economic (and, I would argue, political) concerns -- disempowering the faculty by making them economically precarious of course reduces their influence and weakens shared governance, giving administrators more power."
Mathieu Plourde

Why Is College So Expensive if Professors Are Paid So Little? - 1 views

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    " With a degree in creative writing, she's been working short-term teaching jobs since her 30s, often skirting poverty, never achieving the job security traditionally associated with academia. Now in her 60s, approaching retirement age modestly in a compact mobile home, she's helping build one of Vermont's few adjunct unions to help colleagues gain the respect on the job she has long been denied."
Mathieu Plourde

I am an adjunct professor who teaches five classes. I earn less than a pet-sitter | Lee... - 0 views

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    "My situation is not unique. 76% of instructional staff appointments in US higher education are now not even full-time jobs"
Mathieu Plourde

New faculty model at U. Denver could be prototype for reform @insidehighered - 1 views

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    ""You have to make the argument that this is going to cost us money up front, but it will create distinctiveness at the university that ultimately will aid us in the longer term," Jones said. "It guarantees our ability to be a player in this era of change.""
Mathieu Plourde

Why professors inflate grades: Because their jobs depend on it. - 0 views

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    "My time is worth more than said bombardment. Everyone's is. The other day, a friend of mine who teaches at a tony private university in the South messaged me in a huff: "I posted my grades at 10:00, and by 10:04 I had two hysterical complainers. OMG. I hate grades."
Mathieu Plourde

Who Cares? MOOCs, CAS:T, Care Work, Student Evaluations and the Work of Evaluating Stud... - 0 views

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    "Universities quietly maintain the fiction that student work is mostly evaluated by people in a structural position to assess it both independently and generously. Independently, because they are tenured: when they call good work good and bad work bad, they do so because their dispassionate judgments have no bearing on their continued employment.  Generously, because they themselves enjoy consolations of time, resources, and respect that redound to their evaluative practice: they sit in quiet private offices, attentively marking a reasonable volume of student work, and have no fundamental reasons to resent the students they teach nor the institutions which employ them."
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