CASA weekly news 18/14

CASA

Hello, and welcome to our weekly broth of higher education casualisation news from Australia and around the world.

What’s happened this week?

Macquarie University’s LTC blog, teche, published an interview with Dr Marina Harvey, whose work on the BLASST project we’ve already mentioned. Marina has been awarded a 2014 OLT National Teaching Fellowship to take the work on supporting sessional staff piloted in the BLASST project to a national level. This is really great news, especially to anyone who isn’t aware of the strength of Australian research in this field.

On Thursday night, CASA and several others supported a lively backchannel discussion on Twitter to the NTEU’s seminar conversation between Robyn May and Jeannie Rea, national NTEU President, on casualisation and the future of the academic workforce. Scroll back a bit in the #auscasuals timeline and you’ll see the kinds of things that were discussed, including the possibility of…

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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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