Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Contingent Faculty Aren't Working in the Minors

Inside Higher Ed
July 9th, 2015

If we’re going to have a more productive discussion about the fate and future of contingent academic labor, (and indeed, all academic labor) there’s a few rhetorical frameworks that need to be retired and replaced.
One of the most widespread of these frames that is now being challenged is the notion of the competition for tenure track positions as a “lottery.”
Having secured a tenure track position, one hears grateful scholars express how fortunate they have been to win the “lottery,” and while there is for sure an element of good luck that results in the securing of any opportunity, as Kelly Baker recently argued, a “lottery” presumes that all candidates have an equal chance at success, which we all know isn’t true.

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