RECLAIMING THE IVORY TOWER
Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher
Education October 2005
Labor Studies/ Current Events/Education
"Joe Berry has elevated this discourse and clarified new ways of thinking about contingent organizing, both immediately on the ground and at the broadest national and organizational levels."
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|"Joe Berry has made a vital
contribution to the most urgent subject on many a campus: the sudden
transformation of the teaching workforce, the degradation not only
of teachers but also of students and of society's gains from higher
education. Everyone who teaches, every humane administrator and
every alert student will want to read this book. It is even possible
that Reclaiming the Ivory Tower will light the fire for a
rebuilding of basic values of American education.”—Paul
Buhle, Brown University, author-editor of Encyclopedia of the American
Left, Insurgent Images,
and other books.
"Reclaiming the Ivory Tower would be worth reading if it consisted only of the last two chapters, which could stand alone as an organizer's toolkit. It is doubly valuable for its scholarly insights into the history and sociology of the contingent faculty movement. Do buy it by the dozen and share it with your colleagues."—Jane Buck, National President, American Association of University Professors.
In the last twenty years, higher education in the
United States has been eroded by massive reliance on temporary
academic labor—professors without tenure or the prospect of tenure,
paid a fraction of the salaries of their tenured colleagues, working
without benefits, offices, or research assistance, and often
commuting between several campuses to make ends meet. Contingent
instructors now constitute the majority of faculty at U.S. colleges
Access to Unemployment Insurance
Benefits for Contingent Faculty:
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