Systemic Problems

The Myth of Meritocracies

The Myth of Meritocracies

I think it’s time we recognize that academia never has been, and never will be, a meritocracy. Is it something to aspire to? Absolutely. Does revealing the myth of a meritocracy imply that those who have been successful within academia did not earn it? Absolutely not.

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Why I Am Still Fighting

Why I Am Still Fighting

I believe in the power of knowledge to transform life. I believe in academia. I believe in the importance of earning a Ph.D. This is why I am still fighting. And looking for collaborators.

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Panic at the Ivies: Graduate Student Unions

Panic at the Ivies: Graduate Student Unions

This post introduces the question of why is it Ivies are so adamantly against Graduate Student Unions? The ferocity of their reaction to the unionization of graduate students suggests that there is something very powerful to be earned with collective bargaining.

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The Facts about Adjuncting (and the Academic Job Market)

The Facts about Adjuncting (and the Academic Job Market)

According to the American Association of University Professors, today more than 50% of all faculty appointments are part-time. Adjuncts constitute 76.4% of U.S. faculty. Let that sink in. For those of us used to grading: that's barely a passing grade. That means that tenured faculty comprise only 23.6% of the instructional labor force. My question is: as Ph.D.s, we are trained to question everything, to research, to write with conviction, and to work incredibly hard. Aren't we too smart to fall for this?

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