THE REVENGE OF THE ADJUNCTS

AMAIRKUHN EDGYKAYSHUN: THE REVENGE OF THE ADJUNCTS

This article starts off this week's blogs in an unusual way, not because I'm long overdue for one of my rants about Amairkuhn edgykayshun, but because this article touches upon me personally. It's about the plight of America's adjunct professors:

The Revenge of the Poverty-Stricken College Professors Is Underway in Florida. And It's Big.

Just in case you didn't know, it is more than likely that if you send your child off to an American quackademy for a college education, that he or she will receive the bulk of instruction from an adjunct professor. We'll get back to why that's not necessarily a good thing in a moment. But consider these two paragraphs from this article:

“Two half-time adjunct jobs do not make a full-time income. Far from it,” Ximena Barrientos says. “I’m lucky that I have my own apartment. I have no idea how people make it work if they have to pay rent.”

We are not sitting on a street corner, or in a welfare office, or in the break room of a fast food restaurant. We are sitting inside a brightly lit science classroom on the third floor of an MC Escher-esque concrete building, with an open breezeway letting in the muggy South Florida air, on the campus of Miami Dade College, one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the United States of America. Barrientos has been teaching here for 15 years. But this is not “her” classroom. She has a PhD, but she does not have a designated classroom. Nor does she have an office. Nor does she have a set schedule, nor tenure, nor healthcare benefits, nor anything that could be described as a decent living wage. She is a full-time adjunct professor: one of thousands of members of the extremely well-educated academic underclass, whose largely unknown sufferings have played just as big a role as student debt in enabling the entire swollen College Industrial Complex to exist.

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The accepted story of what an “adjunct professor” is—the myth that has drawn so many hopefuls into the world of professional academia—is that adjuncting is not a full-time job at all. It is something that retirees do to keep themselves busy; something that working professionals do on the side to educate people in their field; something that, perhaps, a young PhD might do for a year or two while looking for a full-time professorship, but certainly nothing that would constitute an actual career in itself.

In fact, this is a big lie. The long term trend in higher education has been one of a shrinking number of full-time positions and an ever-growing number of adjunct positions. It is not hard to see why. University budgets are balanced on the backs of adjunct professors. In an adjunct, a school gets the same class taught for about half the salary of a full-time professor, and none of the benefits. The school also retains a god-like control over the schedules of adjuncts, who are literally laid off after every single semester, and then rehired as necessary for the following semester. In the decade since the financial crisis, state governments have slashed higher education funding, and Florida is no exception. That has had two primary consequences on campus: students have taken on ever-higher levels of debt to pay for school, and the college teaching profession has been gutted, as expensive full-time positions are steadily eliminated in favor of cheaper adjunct positions.

That's just the beginning. I not only experienced exactly what Dr. Barrientos in this article experienced, but thousands of others have too. And this article barely even begins to get into the problems adjuncts face, nor does it really address very deeply the consequences to declining academic standards the move towards adjuncts has wrought. On most college campuses, including in the state where I taught (Oklahoma), adjuncts are faced with the following problems:

1) Their classes are only offered if a minimum number of students enroll. Thus, adjuncts never know, until the very last moment, how many classes they will have. Since their income is dependent on how many classes they teach, it becomes extremely difficult to budget. Imagine not knowing if, for the next three to four months your income would be $4,000 or $8,000? (And yes, the pay is that bad.)

2) If an adjunct is known, however, to be a "tough professor," that is to say, if they take their job as a professor seriously and to profess a discipline rather than to "teach a subject", and thus if they take their responsibility as a professor seriously and attempt to maintain genuinely college level academic standards, students will tend not to enroll for their courses, opting instead to enroll in an "easier" professor's course for the same credit. As a consequence of this fact, academic standards have declined in direct proportion to the amount of instruction done by adjuncts. But wait, it gets worse.

3) If an adjunct does attempt to maintain genuinely college level standards - and remember, folks, those standards have declined so dramatically in Amairikuhn quackademia that many professors don't even know them any more - then invariably the student-snowflake will complain to the all-powerful administration to "tone it down," with the ever-present threat of "no longer being needed".

4) In many states - including the one I taught as an adjunct in, Oklahoma - adjuncts are only paid at the end of the semester for their courses, and even then that can be iffy. On more than one occasion I, for example, came in to pick up my paycheck, only to be told, like all the other adjuncts, that a "glitch ex machina" had affected the machines that printed out the checks, and it would be two more weeks. Meanwhile, late fees pile up on bills, and you're losing money because of the institution's or state's incompetence  (and it probably isn't incompetence, they're just using the system, and the adjunct's money, during that time period to make themselves more money). After several examples of the state being late with my paycheck, I had to insist that I be paid on a pro-rated monthly basis. Getting the over-paid administrators to (a) see that the pay schedule was simply immoral, and (b) that they should actually get off their butt, walk to the payroll office scriptorium and do something about it (like having the monks and nuns chisel a check), was like extracting teeth... from an elephant. Without anesthesia.

5) Finally - and let's be honest here - in many cases, as quality of instruction declines for all the above reasons, so does the quality of the adjuncts themselves. The goal is to fill classes, churn out degrees, and make money at the government trough from student loans.  It is not to maintain academic standards in the disciplines. As a result, not much vetting of adjuncts occurs, and usually the people vetting adjuncts are themselves products of the decaying standards.

You might be asking where all your child's tuition money must be going? The answer is very simple: it's going to the overpaid left-wing lunatics in college administrations, who then see to it that their chums and buddies get the few remaining tenured positions open. As administration sucks up more and more of the tuition budget, the first thing to be cut are quality permanent faculty. Why pay a tenured professor a living wage plus benefits, if you can pay an adjunct to carry a full course load, and not provide him or her (1) an office, (2) a timely paycheck (3) or health and dental? Why pay an associate professor on a tenure track $40,000 when an adjunct will do it for $24,000? You can then pocket the rest as an "administrator".  As administration bloats, faculties are trimmed, with all the above-enumerated consequences to falling standards. The fat, in other words, is not in faculties, it's  in administrations, and I'm going to go so far as to say that there is not an administrator, be he dean or department chairman or university or college president, on a campus today, that is earning what they are being paid.

Yes, it's that bad. And the result is this:

Students at Florida’s enormous community colleges (Miami Dade College alone has more than 165,000 students) may not be conscious of this dynamic, but they sit at its center, and they pay the price—not only in their student loan bills, but by sitting in classes taught by teachers who are overworked, underpaid, given virtually no professional resources or continuity of scheduling, and who are often forced to rush from job to job in order to make ends meet, leaving little time for helping students outside of classroom hours, much less for publishing work in their fields to advance their careers. Now, Florida’s higher education system sits at the center of another trend as well: the unionization of those well educated but miserably compensated adjunct professors.(Emphasis added)

One might be thinking here that it cannot possibly be this bad. Well, speaking from personal experience with Oklahoma's miserific and unethical adjunct system, I can say it mirrors that of Florida recounted in the article. Most adjuncts have to carry what would be considered a full course load, and do so at a fraction of the salary of a full time professor. As the article also states, they are given "virtually no professional resources" nor even "continuity of scheduling." Your course in organic chemistry my be at 6:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays one semester, and at 10:30 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday the next. And as an adjunct, oftentimes you will not have the choice of your own textbook, but rather have to use the text that full time professors have chosen for a particular course. And since the standards have already declined, these texts are often of dubious quality. When I taught Russian History, for example, the required text was so bad (it was a Barnes and Noble sort of "Cliff notes" text) that it actually referred to Josef Stalin as a "great statesman." And as adjuncts, another problem is that more often than not, one never even meets the other adjuncts in your field. After all, why have faculty meetings to coordinate, when you're not really faculty? And besides, you have little time anyway.

You're just a stand-in, a proctor for a text book company, doing a book report, trying to evade the "thought police" of the looney left, while the administrators take home handsome salaries, and produce idiotic screaming snowflakes who want their safe spaces.

I doff my hat to the real professors out there having to adjunct. I managed to escape the system. I  know what you're going through, and I hope you escape it, too, because you know the numbers, even with unions, will never add up.

OK. I'm done. Rant over.

See you on the flip side...

 

31 thoughts on “AMAIRKUHN EDGYKAYSHUN: THE REVENGE OF THE ADJUNCTS”

  1. Both kingship and academia has origin in Druidic Britain. Defining original purpose, is returning to source.

    It was discipline of Druidic circles, that created and upheld rule of law. Mundane king was caretaker of assembly.

    Druidic academia was training camp, and Runic ideology was curriculum, defining trias politica and chronometry.

  2. I’ll put this up here, in case it has any validity. I have no idea. The blogger has had a very unusual and esoteric life, and claims to have access to high government sources. Posts are in order (all Tuesday, July 2, 2019, but no time stamp):

    “Something’s Up!? Putin has called his defence chiefs for an emergency meeting. Pentagon chiefs in meeting. The European Union security council called for an unscheduled meeting. Government planes in and out of the US ordered to hold. Very many websites across the alternative media have been taken down. So far mine is still up. Gold prices making a huge jump. Have no idea what is happening as of this time.

    Additional Information… In the US Joe Biden’s official plane has been redirected… Pence called back to White House urgently… President Putin cancels all engagements – Is to meet defence minister urgently… Explosion on Russian nuclear submarine – 14 dead… Trying to find out what’s happening – Official media just now getting hold of it – You heard it here first!

    This Looks Like The Situation… An attempt to take over and launch nuclear missiles from Russian submarine to start a Third World War. Attack has been defeated. And why all major countries scrambled to action stations… If it were just an accident as it will be claimed by the media, gold prices would not have climbed and the world’s military would not have been called into emergency meeting.

    Furthermore… Norwegian Navy report no nuclear fallout in ocean… Clear attempt to preempt 4th July celebrations.

    Reported as Accidental Fire… The world’s media instructed to report as an accident – A fire in the engine room…

    Explanation… Russian missiles use a set telemetry. Automatic US defence systems, including the secret space radar base I was given a tour of, would have launched interceptor missiles and a nuclear strike. That’s why it had to be a Russian sub as any other allied country would not have triggered the automatic defence system which can not easily be countermanded because the defence systems are all geared against Russian incoming…

    Summary… Only the true facts have been understood today. At first it was accepted as an accident when it first occurred. Only just now was the underlying story understood and the danger that was posed…”

      1. Additional ‘interesting’ detail on Russian sub deaths:
        https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-04/putin-confirms-deadly-fire-was-aboard-nuclear-powered-secretive-submarine
        “Speculation was fueled further when the fact that many among the deceased were high ranking naval officers was revealed – unusual for a mere underwater ‘research’ vessel.”

        (I wonder if these “high ranking naval officers” were even aboard the sub when made ‘deceased’. It could be like Rommel, when he was given a choice of suicide or a show-trial. Or, plotters might have gone-down fighting…)

        From original poster on Jul 4th:
        “Around 72 years ago in New Mexico, two strange objects came down. The way the media dealt with that set a pattern for the future. The current submarine situation is a good example of this media control. Either hide from it, or ridicule it.”

        1. Further comment from original poster on July 7th:
          ” Jeffrey Epstein arrested on child trafficking and pedophile charges. Epstein’s door forced on Saturday; now in jail, going before the judge on Monday. If this sticks, the trail will lead to the Clintons. This is a direct response to the submarine situation; an eye for eye, a tooth for a tooth…”

          An interesting ‘linkage’. What would/could you do to respond, if someone had attempted something as serious as in the original posts?

        2. Interesting comment from “ComradeChe” below this article:
          https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-08/just-what-was-stricken-russian-submarine-carrying
          “The Kanyon weapon is a high speed, long range, nuclear powered submersible. Capable of sustained underwater speed of 120kts and a service depth of >10,000 feet, making it immune from interception from modern US Anti Submarine Torpedoes. Cobalt bomb aside, the detonation of a 50Mt fusion weapon, underwater, would be in itself a serious event. As the US discovered in sub-surface weapons tests in the 50s and 60s, seawater serves as a neutron reflector, greatly enhancing the yield of both fission (atomic) and fusion (hydrogen) weapons.

          Perhaps more sinister is that the Russian admiral eulogizing the sailors said that they perished ‘while on a combat mission’. Meaning, very likely, that they were involved in the deployment of one of these weapons.

          The US Naval Institute postulates that the Kanyon’s main utility may be not as a nuclear torpedo, but as a nuclear powered, high yield fusion bomb, meant to function as a naval mine. Presumably, the nuclear powered submersible could navigate on its own to position in the near-offshore of a US Naval facility – like for example, Norfolk Virginia. The Kanyon could navigate to a place off the continental shelf and come to rest at 10-15 thousand feet of water – too deep to be detected or located with any known mine-hunting technology. There, powered by its nuclear reactor, the Kanyon mine could lay wait – literally until doomsday – until a command sent by Extremely Low Frequency Radio waves could tell the device to turn-on its engines, and complete the journey from the continental shelf and into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

          With a 50Mt warhead, the Kanyon torpedo would only have to get within ten miles or so of the Naval Operations Base in Norfolk. The detonation in the shallows of the bay would create a crater miles across. At a stroke, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and much of the US Atlantic fleet would be destroyed. At present, nothing the US Navy can do would prevent such a scenario.

          Does Putin have such a weapon? Probably not. If they had, they would not need to have staged such a clumsy ‘information leak’. But Russian technology exists to manufacture deep diving, high speed, nuclear powered, underwater drones. These are in their arsenal now. The Russians were also the designers of the world’s largest hydrogen bomb – the Tsar Bomb of 50Mt. The components are there.”

          Could the AS-12 Losharik have been testing-out the fundamentals of the Kanyon weapon? (Or accompanying one?) If this were known by various ‘agencies’, then trouble on the Losharik might indeed have spooked various military staffs into urgent meetings…

          1. Seems like this warrants a longer more recent post.

            Also brings to mind Brendon O’Connell’s videos on BiBi’s killswitches and back doors into all Intel chips.

            management problems much of high tech stuff anyone? nuke reactors? F35’s? Electronics systems on high tech ships? 737’s?

          2. G, considering how all intel ops seemed tied together and at war with the rest of the non-intel world – and how humintel (as well as AI) Epstein, Bronfmans, Saville, Trump, Clintons et all seem, it becomes more confusing daily that there could be any serious contention let alone serious warfare. Especially after I learn through Brendon O’Connell about Russian Jewish mafia connections of Putin, Bibi, Trump and all.

          3. ZDB – yes, it is a fundamental question concerning how high the pyramid structure goes; how high the ‘entanglements’. There is the restaurant scene within the second Downey “Sherlock Holmes” movie, for example. Given all the ‘myths’ around Enlil & Enki types, enforced cooperation may be built into the system – for multi-thousands of years. How high the string-pullers go must be at the core of any serious inquiry…

      2. Lots of details on the Russian MSM ‘official story’:
        https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/07/death-at-1000-fathoms-the-fire-aboard-russias-secret-sub/
        “Officially designated as a ‘deep-diving nuclear-powered station’, the AS-12 Losharik is not under command of the Russian Navy – it belongs to the Russian Main Directorate of Deep-Sea Research (GUGI), which is in turn a branch of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).”

        “Unlike other submarines, the Losharik and other special operations subs operated under the auspices of GUGI are manned entirely by officers. But those who died aboard the Losharik were exceptionally senior, indicating that the ‘combat training task’ the sub was involved in was likely an extremely sensitive mission or equipment test – one that called for a civilian industrial expert to be aboard. Half of the 14 officers killed held the rank of Captain 1st Rank (the equivalent of a US military O-6); two of them, including the sub’s commander Alexander Oparin, had previously been named Heroes of the Russian Federation – the highest honorary title that can be bestowed upon Russian citizens, roughly equivalent to the US’ Medal of Honor.”

        If the ‘action’ took place on the Losharik (a big assumption), something big was taking place. The over-the-top seniority of the ‘crew’ guarantees that. Otherwise, the Losharik incident could look like an ordered cover-story for some kind of on-shore ‘sweep’ of officer ranks, whether for good or ill…

    1. Also interesting, from Jim Stone (82.221.129.208) :
      “I don’t know what is going on with this. Something definitely happened. There is a cover up underway.

      Very Important Note: When this happened, Cloudflare was taken offline. Why would that happen? Answer: To stop people from putting pieces together. Something happened, and we are not being told. They don’t shut down Cloudflare for nothing. Now that everything is contained, Cloudflare is back up.”

    2. Your first post sounds like Jim Willie? Interesting, I’ve been following Stone’s site to stay up to date on the event. Most of my trusted channels are quiet on the subject, aside from the initial alert on the Russian sub. I’m curious who the first blogger you spoke of is.

    3. Goshawks,
      Great post!

      Ever since the USS Thresher was lost in 1963; most ensuing nuclear sub stories have been deep-sixed.
      After some 55 years, the USS Thresher disaster story
      is still under tight-wraps.
      For me, it’s usually either enemy action; or, corrupted engineering practices in the construction process.
      This one mimics others; in the sense, that there is a sinister presence of possible warfare objectives’ afoot. Fortunately, we here the cover stories, meaning the training and/or countermeasures were successful.
      There are third parties that want the top dogs to go at it. They engineer it; and reap the benefits.
      Madness, w/supposed method.

      I wonder if TPTB know…
      the what & the who behind this latest SNAFU?

      If indeed, there truly is fire behind the smoke & mirrors.

  3. My collegiate experience was with a liberal arts college in the Deep South. Some of the best professors I had at the introductory classes were adjuncts, but that schools policy was to hire them to tenured positions once their academic credentials were fully vetted and aged tenured professors were retired. From what I remember the best adjuncts were better treated than other schools. I do wonder if this school used their tuition for more than just administrative salaries and endowments, too. There were very few high-salaried administrative types there.

    Among those adjuncts having the most difficulty were the engineering and technician types. It was a liberal arts college–not a technical college. Most foreign adjuncts were always in the sciences and mathematics departments and that school gravitated more toward professors who were born state-side rather than foreign. Even when the hard science and mathematics positions were available the school’s reputation was small enough for most qualified professors of foreign extraction to ignore. Their primary interests were always the large universities with huge research departments. This raises the other crisis in the adjunct area: immigration. Students who come here from Asian countries are usually poorer, well-educated and extremely fastidious. They will generally accept virtually any position for any amount of pay as long as they can continue their academic pursuits, pay their rent and eat healthy while remaining as close to their native diets as possible. Immigration did more to corporatize education than most people realize–and the immigrant, adjunct professor was a perfect tool to leverage low cost educators and the reallocation of salaries toward endowments, program expansions and other “cultural” efforts. 80 years ago these United States had one of the best university and college systems in the world. Now, all of that capital has evaporated. Instead, the education system acts primarily as a farm league for sports more than anything else. We cannot return to that earlier age until we reset or priorities!

  4. All of Joseph’s rant can be laid at the ‘feet’ of those who want a dumbed-down, pacified, drug-ified (to coin a word), and dependent population. “They” want a feudal society for 21st Century mankind. Joseph describes the separation of wealth and power within a tiny enclave (colleges). This separation of wealth and power can be seen over every profession and corporation/business. Which, of course, points to an overall, “guiding” hand. Whether these hands are in the ‘seen’ or ‘unseen’ provinces, we are in one helluva fight. Play to our strengths and their weaknesses, and not vice versa. Good luck…

  5. I can thank I educated myself at the University of Astor-Carnegie-Lennox-Tilden in NYC better known NY Public Library. As for the colleges they just a part of the swindle that is the USA The foundation of this society has always been slavery it just gets rebranded with a new name.

    1. A virtual smorgasbord of alchemized slavery in all shades & spades; from debt-slaves to sex-slaves to mind-controlled slaves – local, global, & B4-U know it, inter-galactic.

  6. If and when the stock market finally succumbs to the laws of economics and once-and-for-all finally and truly and definitively crashes (instead of being lofted by incessant and concerted algo and PPT interventions, a kind of latter-day Levitation unseen since Houdini or the Airship Wave of 1894), so with it will the entirety of quackademia — adjuncts, safe spaces, petting zoos, and all the other Frankfurt School rot– so do not despair while despairing.

    The end may well, once they run out of digital fiat, be neigh.

  7. Adjunct faculty in Florida are fortunate they are allowed to unionize. In some states, like Texas, it’s illegal for faculty members to belong to a union.

  8. As a university graduating with an economics degree from a mid sized state university in Ohio in December. This deeply disturbs me. We have an education system that deliberately dumbs down our nation’s youth and cuts them off from their traditional culture. To be avoid being misled by the mainstream media I grounded myself in traditional western culture and educated myself by reading primary texts and the works of brilliant and outspoken authors such as Dr. Farrell.
    Many high school teachers and college professors still hold their students to high standards of learning. I had some high teachers and college professors that challenged me to achieve a higher level of learning and expected me to produce level material. Therefore, I sacrificed a great deal of time working on my education because I am intellectually inclined and I wanted to better myself with a college education.
    This creates a problem because many students will reach a much higher level of scholarship than those in classrooms where standards are declining. Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the declining standards in the K-12 system and college education system. They are discounting the value of college degrees and high school diplomas. This means that many students, myself included, who did a great deal of intellectually demanding work throughout high school and college will have to work extra hard to show potential employers and graduate schools that we posses the intellectual dexterity necessary for a career that requires exceptional intelligence.

  9. The first book I read on this was about 15 years ago. They identified these problems and zeroed in on the administrators vs faculty; and the faculty was losing Big-Time. In fact; the gaming industry was producing games designed to teach admins how to phase out faculty control. It was warfare.
    Fast forward to dystopia now. Your post pretty much describes the aftermath of faculty being bombed-out; replaced by inhuman, highly-paid tenured collaborators.
    At the same time the Mass Education Online System of Bot education via computers is coming around the bend; and when she comes, it’s light out upstairs, above the neck-line.
    Of course, the new education fodder pipeline will been prepped for this in their robotic elementary beginnings on through their high]tech high-on-drugs school$.

  10. If there is a wonderful benediction to being instructed by an adjunct instead of tenured professor it is this; an exceptional adjunct is more likely to let a bit of truth out of quackademic quarantine. The tenured professors dare not defy Orwellian orthodoxy– even off campus. Typically the truth telling adjuncts develop a minor cult following, at which point they are dispatched with unmerciful prejudice. I ‘doff my hat’ to those adjunct professors of this type, but imagine they are purged much faster these days.

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