The Huffington Post has taken up the discussion of adjunct working conditions. Yesterday, HuffPost Live featured a discussion segment called Higher Ed, Lower Wages, which was a live video conference between some major adjunct voices in higher ed media.
The guests were documentary filmmaker and author of How the American University Was Killed, in Five Easy Steps, Debra Leigh Scott of JunctRebellion; Sarah Kendzior, writer of the hugely famous and widely-shared recent Al Jazeera piece, The Closing of American Academia; CUNY sociology professor and outspoken labor activist, Stanley Aronowitz; and Alex Welcome, a new PhD and adjunct.
I’ll warn you that the nature of the webcam discussion brings with it some technical difficulties with audio, but I highly recommend watching the piece. Scott and Kendzior make some solid points about the abuse of adjunct faculty, and Aronowitz does a nice job addressing the sometimes combative questions of the host, Marc Lamont Hill. I talked with Debra Leigh Scott about the piece and we agreed that this is a new step in the fight for adjunct parity. We’re entering the mainstream!