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ERIC Number: EJ815077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-3
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Adjuncts Fight Back over Academic Freedom
Wilson, Robin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n6 pA1 Oct 2008
Steven Bitterman was fired by his school after he offended his students for telling them that they could easily appreciate the biblical story of Adam and Eve if they considered it a myth. Several adjunct and full-time professors who work off the tenure track have been fired after saying something, as Mr. Bitterman did, that offended students or administrators. The instructors argue that their words would have been protected by academic freedom if they had tenure. Because they do not have tenure, colleges can fire them on the spot or simply not renew their contracts--without even telling them why. In most cases, the instructors say they have no way to fight back short of engaging in an expensive legal battle. That may be changing. A handful of instructors are challenging colleges with help from unions and advocacy groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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