Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Vocational Programs Cost More
All of the sniping from peers and administrators over even trivial matters began to get to him. The indifference and inattentiveness of students began to affect him. He felt that too many students were in college not to improve their minds, but simply to get their tickets punched so that they could get jobs which probably won't be there when they graduate. In pursuit of lower costs, more and more of the
curriculum is being moved online, leading to an increased adjunctification of the teaching profession. Pretty soon, higher ed will look not unlike a Walmart store, with a largely temporary contingent faculty working in insecure positions for low wages and no benefits.
Even if a professor is fortunate enough to attain tenure, this often does not offer the job security and professional satisfaction that one might imagine. Tenure is no longer the guarantee of absolute job security that it used to be. More and more tenured faculty members are finding that they are losing their jobs, due to financial exigency or due simply to vicious academic politics.
I recently got an e-mail from a tenured faculty member who was being forced out due to some sort of personal witch-hunt, in which she was accused of being "difficult to work with" by persons or persons unknown. She was offered no due process, and was given no chance to counter these charges. It was a very Kafkaesque process from start to finish--she was offered no due process, and was given no chance to counter any of these charges. The AAUP said that they really couldn’t do anything for her. I guess that the administration simply wanted to cut staff, and she was the unlucky victim. If the administration really wants to get rid of you, it appears that they can always trump up some sort of case against you.
I think that more and more academics are finding that that they have made a bad career choice, and are sorry that they got into the game in the first place. This is not only true for adjunct freeway-fliers, but is is increasingly also true for tenure-track or even tenured faculty.