CASA weekly news 26/14

In addition to news and opinion on the casualisation of Australian higher education ~ including “reform,” this week’s CASA writes about their picks in U.S. and Canadian contingent faculty bloggers. All, there and here, question sustainability in higher ed staffing.


Here’s this week’s Australian roundup of news and opinion on the casualisation of higher education. The higher education reform Bill has been sent to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee, with a due date of October 28, so there’s plenty more time for speculation and debate, and an opportunity to think about how education reform interacts with employment in the sector itself. But as you might expect, the week’s continued analysis of the likely outcome of the proposed reforms keeps quiet on the sustainability of the current staffing model.

So it’s good to see mainstream media coverage of the reality of Australian university staffing. Tony Featherstone in the Sydney Morning Herald connects the casualisation of academic employment to the ways in which a range of white collar careers are being restructured:

Take university lecturing as an example. Once among the most revered white-collar jobs, it has become a…

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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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