As a preface to this post, I’d like to mention that occasionally a book will come to my attention that could be useful and interesting to the readers of this blog. When that happens, I’ll pass it along. Following is a post from Chris McCale, who has just published such a book about the new 99% and the way this national struggle parallels our plight as adjuncts. I have a copy of it and I like what I’ve read so far. Chris asked me if she could share the book with the AP readers and, based on what I’ve read so far, it seems like a good fit. When I finish it, I’ll discuss it in more detail. Just for the record, I’m happy to review books for any of you and help you determine if they fit the mission of the Adjunct Project.
by Chris McCale
I share a lot of the same struggles many of you have written about. I, too, taught as a contingent faculty member for 3 different schools, totalling more classes per year than I could count. I had had great student reviews and had just completed my doctorate (at the encouragement of several business school deans) when the financial crash hit. With hiring freezes, budget cuts, etc., I ended up with no teaching assignments.
I always thought it was just me — that I was alone. To document my experience – and now as I’m discovering the experience of many of you, I wrote a book, Waiting for Change: Impacts on Life, Family, Work, and the New 99% Reality, describing housing challenges, job hunts, grocery shopping, the impact of job loss on kids and mental health.
Check it out – it’s gotten some good reviews. I’d be happy to answer questions, do blog posts, or work to support all of our cause of employment, work environment, pay, etc.