CASA weekly news 06/14

We call our mobilization campaign for contingent faculty equity “National” but are also thinking globally and urge U.S. casuals to keep informed about growing academic precarity in other countries — collaborate where we can, sharing stories, ideas and information. The adjunct/ casual / contingent / precarious / sessional network is global, growing and connecting…


Here’s this week’s roundup of higher education and other news items with some relevance to casualisation in Australian universities.

What’s happening in Australia? 

From Stephen Matchett’s Campus Morning Mail on April 4:

In Arts at UNSW eight PhD students are going to get six paid teaching hours per week for two years to provide then with experience that should help them compete for academic jobs when they graduate. Good oh, but I wonder if any casual staff member, say somebody who has completed a doctorate but survives on sessional teaching, will lose work because of the plan. … and here’s hoping the teaching experience the postgrads rack up will help them get full time jobs, rather than just add them to the sessional pool.

The tiny numbers in this program are quite revealing, as a job market prediction.

If you’re an Australian academic leading a teaching team that includes casual teachers, Slapsista’s new…

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About @NatM4Equity

The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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