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ERIC Number: ED414582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-27
Pages: 19
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Ain't I a Scholar?: Reflection and Scholarship in the Land of Part-Time Faculty.
Stolhanske, Linda
Many administrators and full-time faculty regard adjuncts or part-time faculty as "fringe elements," the "have-nots," the "homeless" of the academic world, or worst of all as "invisible necessities." Adjuncts at the University of West Florida (UWF) are not listed in any campus directory, nor are they invited to all-campus social activities, although the support staff usually receives invitations. Their accomplishments are rarely noticed, with little or no acknowledgment from campus and local presses for successes. Adjuncts are "cheap labor" and are in plentiful supply. Perhaps not all adjuncts are being exploited by administrators or the Powers-That-Be, but they are willfully ignored and woefully underpaid in comparison to their full-time counterparts. Gender could play a part in some of the inequity of recognition and composition. For example 12 of the adjuncts in the UWF English Department are female--only 3 are male. Adjuncts play as important a role as "regular" teachers do in students' lives and in their academic successes. Most adjuncts have taught in other school systems and have had other academic experiences; most do not neglect scholarship. As professionals, adjuncts must demand full academic recognition as scholars and full monetary recognition as well. Sojourner Truth once asked the question, "Ain't I a Woman?" so should adjuncts ask "Ain't I a Scholar?" (Contains 14 references; a list of questions to consider is appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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