CASA weekly news 35/14

A home online for casual, adjunct, sessional staff and their allies in Australian higher education


Hello and a warm welcome to new subscribers, contributors and commenters who joined us this week.

This week’s patchy Twitter coverage of the AFR Higher Education Reform Summit in Melbourne suggested everyone showed up: Education Minister Pyne and Senator Kim Carr (ALP), Australian and international sector leadership keynotes, sector leaders, and student organisations including the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations who are major stakeholders in the need for joined-up thinking about what connects PhD training to casualisation of undergraduate teaching.

Minister Pyne’s speech is here. Senator Carr’s speech is here. What they have to say about university staffing in general, and casualisation in particular, remains consistent with what they’ve said all year: nothing. This is a debate about the reform of the contractual relationship between universities as public sector business entities, students as decision-making consumers, and the funding, accreditation and debt pipeline management services that they sustain. Where the labour market…

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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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