My former CSUN colleagues
Jennifer K. Johnson and
who are now at University of California, Santa Barbara just published this article
"Reconsidering the Status of Contingency: Are These Really the Trenches?"
Lecturer. Assistant Professor. To those outside of academia, there is little to no
recognition of the distinction between these academic ranks. But within U.S. ac-
ademic circles, there is a huge disparity between them in terms of what they con-
vey about job security, salary, privileges, and respect.
The Invisible Professor: The Precarious Lives of the New Faculty Majority
Edited by Natalie M. Dorfeld
Copy edited by Karen P. Peirce. Designed by Mike Palmquist.
This edited collection, the first in the Practices & Possibilities series to be published in its Voices from the Field section, offers a rich set of narratives by writing instructors who are serving or have worked in contingent positions. Intended for anyone considering a career in the humanities, The Invisible Professor seeks to reach individuals in three phases of their careers: those thinking of entering the profession, those knee-deep in it and looking for ways to improve conditions, and those who have vacated academic positions for more humane alternative tracks.
As academia comes to a crossroads, with a disheartening shift towards a more disposable business model, multiple solutions are desperately needed. Faculty members in contingent positions are the new faculty majority on college campuses, and they are most likely the first professors students will meet. They deserve respect and a livable wage.
Love these Professors who are fabulous teachers and scholars and dear friends!!