ERIC Number: ED243118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Money, Status and Composition: Assumptions Underlying the Crisis of Part-Time Instruction.
Part-time instructors make up an increasingly large percentage of college faculty. In English departments, part-time instructors take on the least prestigious and most demanding work--the teaching of writing--for low wages and without job security or professional recognition. This unfair treatment stems from the belief that the study and teaching of literature rather than writing and rhetoric are the business of English departments. The study and teaching of writing are considered too functional and unscholarly to deserve departmental recognition. As a result, part-time writing teachers are punished because they teach composition and because, given the time-consuming nature of writing instruction, they find it difficult to publish. This self-perpetuating segregation makes the academic tenure system appear more exploitative of labor and indifferent to talent than are businesses. Although two-year colleges employ the largest number of part-time teachers, these institutions may eventually give quality part-time writing instruction the recognition it deserves, since two-year colleges offer more courses in writing than in literature, reward excellence in teaching rather than in scholarship, and are most responsive to changing educational demands. (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York City, NY, March 29-31, 1984).