The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 9th, 2015
As a full-time, tenured faculty member
and emerging entrepreneur, I was fascinated by Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s
recent Vitae post, "The University Is Just Another Client."
She argues that contingent faculty members, especially those who teach
at multiple campuses, should start thinking of themselves as freelancers
and their institutions as clients—meaning, among other things, that
they should not give their work away free.
But here’s the line in her essay that really caught my eye: "If you
are a tenure-track professor … and you’ve noticed that higher education
might not be able to sustain you either, then I’m also talking to you."