Academia

Teaching Under Trump: One Adjunct's Story

Teaching Under Trump: One Adjunct's Story

This post is by Kevin Allred. What happened to him strikes me as the type of epistemological violence that is contributing to the demise of higher education. His story is important. The way in which he was discredited, shut off from his own work, and exploited just tells me that academia thinks it wants radical thinking, but just not too much.

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Alt-Ac Realness: On Leaving

Alt-Ac Realness: On Leaving

People keep asking what has happened to me since I posted my story. I am always unsure how to answer that question; the writer side of me says that I can’t respond yet because it’s too soon. There is no neat and tidy resolution to my story yet, which is frustrating in both a narrative and personal sense.

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Burn it Down: Emails of Adviser & Professor Abuse Expose Systemic Crisis in Academia

Burn it Down: Emails of Adviser & Professor Abuse Expose Systemic Crisis in Academia

This is a post about how systemic the abuse and exploitation of adjuncts and graduates students is: Know if this is happening to you, or in your department, you are not alone.

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Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath

Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath

Part III of Why I Left Academia. What happens in the aftermath of intellectual trauma.

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Why I left Academia: Part II

Why I left Academia: Part II

The second part of Why I Left Academia: My attempts to follow procedure, and how the institutional procedure did not protect me, but rather the aggressors.

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Why I left Academia: Part I

Why I left Academia: Part I

This is my personal story of why I decided to leave Academia. While sad, I know I'm not the only one to have experienced this. This is why I am sharing the story of my Ph.D.

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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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