Transcript from #AdjunctChat on 10/29/13

Colouful speech bubblesThis is the transcript from #AdjunctChat on 10/29/13, and was facilitated by Jeffrey Keefer (@JeffreyKeefer).  The topic was What do we really know about being an adjunct in HE?

All are welcome to our next #AdjunctChat on 11/5/13 at 4:00pm EDT.

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@JeffreyKeefer It is nearly time for #adjunctchat! 10/29/2013 15:59:37
@Melissa_Venable Getting ready for #adjunctchat … join us? 10/29/2013 15:59:58
@JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:30 10/29/2013 16:00:18
@fabianbanga I’m here #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:00:35
@JeffreyKeefer This week’s #adjunctchat will focus around the question “What do we really know about being an adjunct in HE?” 10/29/2013 16:00:50
@Comprof1 @SocAcademic @JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable @VCVaile @katrinafee @fabianbanga @4KM You can always catch up after the 4 #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:01:20
@JeffreyKeefer Welcome to #adjunctchat! Who is out there? If you are not, all are welcome! 10/29/2013 16:01:22
@JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Nice to see you! #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:01:32
@fabianbanga Also at a workshop so little slow here #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:01:47
@JeffreyKeefer BTW, I am using to help me follow along with our 30 minute #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:01:56
@ProfessorF74 I’m here, too. Do we have TT jobs yet?  #AdjunctChat 10/29/2013 16:01:59
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Sounds interesting. Thought I’d do a little research before the #adjunctchat. Didn’t find much. 10/29/2013 16:02:06
@Melissa_Venable RT @JeffreyKeefer This week’s #adjunctchat will focus on “What do we really know about being an adjunct in HE?” 10/29/2013 16:02:32
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Exactly why it seems something worth discussing! #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:03:01
@JeffreyKeefer @ProfessorF74 TT? They still make those? 😉  #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:03:19
@therealchalo @JeffreyKeefer here! #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:03:41
@ProfessorF74 I think there’s one somewhere. Buried with the Lost Ark somewhere.
10/29/2013 16:03:57
@JeffreyKeefer @Melissa_Venable @Comprof1 @ProfessorF74 Welcome to #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:03:58
@Melissa_Venable @JeffreyKeefer 🙂 Thanks for organizing. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:04:21
@JeffreyKeefer This week’s #adjunctchat topic is “What do we really know about being an adjunct in HE?” 10/29/2013 16:04:27
@JeffreyKeefer In looking around, I scratched my head about what we know, especially given all our talk about #adjunct issues #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:04:50
@ProfessorF74 What do I know? It’s hard work with little reward and not much officlal means of promotion. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:05:10
@JeffreyKeefer By “what we know” I am thinking about something with research / evidence to support a wider scale than individual experience #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:05:30
@JeffreyKeefer @therealchalo Welcome! #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:05:42
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Seems like there are more questions than answers #adjunctchat But one figure I see thrown around is ave $2800 per course 10/29/2013 16:06:06
@JeffreyKeefer @ProfessorF74 Indeed, and from that perspective I wonder if we may need to consider this from a personal level of interest #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:06:07
@JeffreyKeefer There are 3 questions to help guide our #adjunctchat today . . . 10/29/2013 16:06:25
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 What are our issues / questions? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:06:32
@JeffreyKeefer What do we want to know about the #adjunct experience that would be useful to find some evidence to explain or guide an agenda? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:07:04
@PaulaKrebs It’s hard to know much, when institutions are reluctant to learn/reveal the full extent of dependence on adjuncts. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:07:07
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer I also just read a report by chronicle of HE and tiaa criff. Only 3% of contingents have access to TT jobs. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:07:54
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 @Comprof1 Perhaps one question is what is the average pay per course #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:08:06
@JeffreyKeefer @PaulaKrebs Welcome to #adjunctchat! 10/29/2013 16:08:14
@josh_boldt @JeffreyKeefer The trouble with this question is that the “adjunct experience” is so variable. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:08:32
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer $3500 per c here in California (no much) #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:08:40
@JeffreyKeefer @PaulaKrebs Q1 Perhaps another question may involve issues of transparency and control? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:08:40
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Interesting was report said it excluded adjuncts from study. #adjunctchat. didn’t explain why. Perhaps because no retirement? 10/29/2013 16:08:42
@Melissa_Venable A1) The word “expectations” comes to mind. What are we expecting? Students? Colleagues? Institutions? Pay is one part. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:09:03
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 It seems then another issue for Q1 is about promotion and transition to TT or FT work? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:09:16
@josh_boldt @JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 The Adjunct Project is a good place to start answering data ?’s like pay, etc. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:09:51
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 @josh_boldt Welcome to #adjunctchat! Perhaps that is a question there, how similar are OR what is the range of the #adjunct experience? 10/29/2013 16:10:08
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer A1 problem is that it should depend on cost of living in area you live in. My area is lower COL & high %of Phd #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:10:13
@JeffreyKeefer RT @Comprof1: @JeffreyKeefer Interesting was report said it excluded adjuncts from study. #adjunctchat. didn’t explain why. Perhaps because… 10/29/2013 16:10:37
@ProfessorF74 @jeffreykeefer Big question is what (if any) promotion measures are woven into contracts. Mine has some, but it’s glacial. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:11:01
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 It seems that trying to formulate the right questions to help shed light on the experience(s) may be helpful #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:11:24
@harmonygritz RT @Melissa_Venable: RT @JeffreyKeefer This week’s #adjunctchat will focus on “What do we really know about being an adjunct in HE?” http:/… 10/29/2013 16:11:52
@Comprof1 @josh_boldt @JeffreyKeefer Also, “pay” is variable. In my region some schools have same scale for all, others include benefits #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:12:09
@JeffreyKeefer I am trying to repeat as we go along; perhaps at the end we can get a volunteer to summarize some of these big-picture items? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:12:14
@josh_boldt @JeffreyKeefer Ask 100 people and you will get 100 different answers. I like the idea though. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:12:41
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer I’d like to know if there’s a difference in discipline. Seems like humanities are more dependent on adjuncts. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:13:00
@JeffreyKeefer This week’s #adjunctchat focuses on “What do we really know about being an adjunct in HE?” All are welcome! Please RT 10/29/2013 16:13:07
@JeffreyKeefer @josh_boldt Q1 I think there is value in better understanding that diversity, as it may help us use terms more accurately #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:13:36
@ProfessorF74 @JeffreyKeefer I’ve tried to frame ??s with pieces for @Vitae & Hybrid Pedagogy. I’m starting a column on #adjuncts for IHE.  #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:13:52
@JeffreyKeefer Now that we are working on Q1 (and please continue it)!, let me throw out Q2 . . . #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:14:14
@JeffreyKeefer Q2 What have we done to answer them? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:14:21
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Also, what credentials are required to be an adjunct? Alot of misconceptions out there about adjunct credentials #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:14:23
@JeffreyKeefer Q1 What are our issues / questions? . . . naturally leads to Q2 What have we done to answer them? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:15:01
@JeffreyKeefer Q2 Perhaps not what HAVE we done, but what ARE WE DOING to answer these questions? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:15:28
@ProfessorF74 @JeffreyKeefer 1) Pay equity 2) Promotion possibility 3) Openness from Admins about adjunct overuse. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:15:40
@JeffreyKeefer @harmonygritz Welcome to #adjunctchat! 10/29/2013 16:15:44
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @josh_boldt Can we coin some terms? Career adj(main form of income). Clinical adjuncts (professional experts) #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:16:04
@josh_boldt @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Even that varies incredibly–from bachelor’s degree +no exp. to PhD with publications + exp. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:16:05
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @josh_boldt Transitioning adjuncts (into TT with foot in research) #adjunctchat Administrator adjuncts (moonlight when needs) 10/29/2013 16:17:13
@JeffreyKeefer Q2 I wonder if gathering together in #adjunctchat or other forums to discuss these helps answer them / shed light on the #adjunct experience 10/29/2013 16:17:30
@therealchalo @JeffreyKeefer @JeffreyKeefer Q2 — Media Coverage/Exposure – we do this pretty well.  Direct Organizing – much more difficult! #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:17:45
@JeffreyKeefer Does anybody see Q1 leading to a various levels of a research stream, with Q2 some possible directions? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:18:26
@therealchalo @ProfessorF74 @JeffreyKeefer I don’t think we’ll achieve three. More likely to get media coverage on overuse #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:18:45
@JeffreyKeefer Q2 I know there are some organizations / unions to assist this, though I wonder if they are not too local? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:18:48
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Q2 this is easier. Many current studies out there now. Data isn’t in yet. Also may want to check out #cew2013 #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:19:10
@JeffreyKeefer Today’s #adjunctchat is taking place on Twitter around the tag or via or some other service. 10/29/2013 16:19:55
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Great. Q2 What is #cew2013? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:20:15
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer CUNY & SUNY unions represent a large number of adjuncts #adjunctchat They’re just beginning to see importance of adjuncts 10/29/2013 16:20:22
@fabianbanga RT @JeffreyKeefer: Today’s #adjunctchat is taking place on Twitter around the tag or via or some other service. 10/29/2013 16:20:32
@JeffreyKeefer Q2 Seems like lots of things are taking place, though with the growing issue of #adjunct instruction, studies move slowly #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:21:08
@JeffreyKeefer In light of Q1 What are our issues / questions? and Q2 What have we done to answer them? . . . we naturally move to Q3 . . . #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:21:44
@JeffreyKeefer Q3 How can we create an agenda to move this forward? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:21:53
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer What about in CA, and other public/private large universities? Is it the same outside of US? #adjunctchat Canada uses many 10/29/2013 16:21:55
@DrHepner Do adjuncts have a shot at unionization?  I get 30 adjunct applications a week. Adjuncts planning a union may not be resigned.  #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:22:31
@JeffreyKeefer Q3 Is this something we can help facilitate or does this need to happen in the traditional isolation of individual research? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:22:37
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Campus Equity Week. Our union just notified us for 1st time but has been around since 2000. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:23:01
@JeffreyKeefer Q3 I wonder if there are opportunities to collaborate on moving some of these issues into formal studies? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:23:11
@therealchalo @JeffreyKeefer Ohio — some union support BUT  vital for adjuncts to organize indep. before we get/convince unions to support   #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:23:14
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Among goals is to establish minimum price per course at $5000 to ensure living wage for adjuncts/pt #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:23:51
@ProfessorF74 @DrHepner Unionization helps a lot. I’m part of SEIU at GW, and it’s been huge. Took a while to organize, but worth it. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:24:11
@JeffreyKeefer Q3 Some of us here in #adjunctchat now are already working on these issues; can we leverage one another’s skills? 10/29/2013 16:24:14
@therealchalo @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Not the case in OH. Friction between FT faculty unions and Adjunct groups on the campus I focus on. #Adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:24:19
@JeffreyKeefer @DrHepner Welcome to #adjunctchat! 10/29/2013 16:24:24
@Comprof1 @therealchalo @JeffreyKeefer I agree. Our newest contract is a mess because they require furlough But adjuncts don’t have time. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:25:16
@Comprof1 @therealchalo @JeffreyKeefer Therefore, they will need to either cut time off of each class or get “guest speakers” in for free #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:26:01
@DrHepner @ProfessorF74 No doubt a union will help.  Just wondering who will organize it with threats to reassignment.  #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:26:12
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 In a sense, I wonder if Q3 is about research (based on Q1) and practice (based on Q2)? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:26:29
@therealchalo @ProfessorF74 @JeffreyKeefer Fantastic! We’ve gotten tons of OH media coverage-Admin doesnt want to discuss adjuncts when asked #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:26:50
@ProfessorF74 @DrHepner That’s the huge risk. Ours took several years + lots of resistance from admins. Some just took the chance. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:27:29
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Need access to research money. Need to study impact on gen ed (and gen ed on adjuncts) #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:27:32
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Also need to know who may be concerned about adjuncts. If we are only ones concerned be hard to conduct research #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:28:19
@JeffreyKeefer As we come to the end of our 30-minute #adjunctchat (please reply ongoing / at any time!), what concrete action will you do as a next step? 10/29/2013 16:28:47
@JeffreyKeefer What take-aways do you have as a result of #adjunctchat today? 10/29/2013 16:29:09
@ProfessorF74 @JeffreyKeefer We’re stronger as a WE.
10/29/2013 16:29:28
@JeffreyKeefer RT @ProfessorF74: @JeffreyKeefer We’re stronger as a WE.
10/29/2013 16:29:45
@JeffreyKeefer No other take-aways from today’s #AdjunctChat?! 10/29/2013 16:30:38
@JeffreyKeefer Can we have a volunteer to summarize the main points from Q1, Q2, and Q3? #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:31:06
@DrHepner #adjunctchat  It’s risky to rock the boat 10/29/2013 16:31:12
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer One thing not addressed is why adjuncts continue despite poor pay, temporal, lge classes, lack of support #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:31:14
@JeffreyKeefer RT @DrHepner: #adjunctchat  It’s risky to rock the boat 10/29/2013 16:32:29
@JeffreyKeefer Thank you for the visit together and a most engaging #adjunctchat; the collaboration and sharing makes being an #adjunct viable. 10/29/2013 16:32:34
@therealchalo @ProfessorF74 Great! I think the public sympathizes with our story. Growing distrust of univ. practice given student debt #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:32:42
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat It helps for adjuncts to help themselves and start to gather information which can get media coverage. 10/29/2013 16:33:11
@JeffreyKeefer Please join us on for the next #AdjunctChat on Tues, Nov 5, 4:00-4:30pm EDT. Topic: “Participating in Conferences” led by @Comprof1 10/29/2013 16:33:31
@PatParslow @DrHepner A while back I decided one had to choose between living like a mouse or roaring like a lion. #raawr #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:34:00
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Also can use the information to present to administrators either in organizing unions or bringing issues up #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:34:01
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Perhaps we can use this forum for joint resch & to share research (not just anecdotes or personal experiences) #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:35:31
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat Did I forget anything? I know there was some much more elegant chatters today! 10/29/2013 16:36:14
@ProfessorF74 @JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Thank you as always Jeffrey for organizing #AdjunctChat. 10/29/2013 16:38:27
@melovell @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Australia’s @NTEUNational regularly publishes research on casual staff experience (equiv to adjunct). #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:39:31
@melovell @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Different industrial relations conditions of course but might be some use for methods, comparison. #adjunctchat 10/29/2013 16:41:41

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