CASA weekly news 16/14

from the “home online for casual, adjunct, sessional staff and their allies in Australian higher education”


Here’s the Sunday night round-up of casualisation news in Australian and international higher education. We were also joined by two new CASA contributors this week: Agnes Bosanquet on the mismatch between university graduate attribute values and institutional hiring practices; and Katie Freund on the OLT 2014 conference, and the backchannel discussion of casualisation that went on there thanks to Twitter.

What’s going on in Australia?

Budget. Deregulation. Speculation. Waiting.

What’s going on elsewhere?

Some very substantial long-form op-eds and blogs—and a movie—have come out in the US this week.

Michelle Togut in Ordinary Times has a piece on the Adjuncting of Academia, as part of a symposium on the changing nature of work:

Universities have become as ruthless in their employment practices as the global corporate giants, leveraging cheap adjunct labor to grow their endowments and their executives’ salaries. Here then is the future of work in this country, captured in…

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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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