“The sleeper in the room”: casualisation and the 2014 OLT conference

Casualization of academic labor is global…so is the habit of denial from above that reinforces sessional invisibility. Our coalition is national but the problem is global


A warm welcome to another new CASA contributor this week, with a report on the OLT 2014 Conference that many of us followed on Twitter.  There’s an accompanying Storify of the exchanges between those who were there, and those watching from home. We really welcome comment, especially from anyone who was there. 

This past week, I attended the conference of the Office of Teaching and Learning, “Learning and Teaching for Our Times: Higher Education in the Digital Age”. As an ECR in a professional teaching support role, I felt quite out of place: most of the other attendees were senior academics, managers, directors, and DVCs from across Australia. I doubt many casual teachers were present in the room. (If any casual colleagues did attend I would love to hear from you!)

The event was focused on the “big picture” issues, particularly the deregulation of higher education, and learning analytics. There was…

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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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