Transcript from #AdjunctChat on 4/8/14 (with @comprof1)

Colouful speech bubblesThis is the transcript from #AdjunctChat on 4/8/14, and was facilitated by @comprof1.

The topic was Adjuncts Doing Research.

All are welcome to our next #AdjunctChat on Tues, Apr 22, where the topic – “What have unions accomplished for Adjunct Faculty?” will be led by @JeffreyKeefer and @fabianbanga.

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@Comprof1 #adjunctchat this week is on adjuncts doing research. All welcome. #phdchat #ecrchat #acwri 4/8/14 15:46
@KateMfD Today’s #AdjunctChat is Adjuncts Doing Research http://t.co/fJpH3qYGZ9 via @JeffreyKeefer (6am Weds Sydney time for up early #auscasuals) 4/8/14 15:49
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat will begin soon. Topic: Adjuncts (contigents/casuals/parttime instructors) doing research 4/8/14 15:57
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat will begin soon. Topic: Adjuncts (contigents/casuals/parttime instructors) doing research 4/8/14 15:57
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat To start, why don’t you tell us what areas you do or would like to do research in. You don’t have to do research to participate 4/8/14 15:59
@Comprof1 I’m currently doing research in 4 areas (on my own): Mobile communication; International policy; workplace writing; KM & groups #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:01
@MirandaMerklein As a creative writer, the chaos of contingency has drastically impaired my output. I publish a lot less. Creates resentment. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:01
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein What areas do you WANT to work on? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:03
@KateMfD @tseenster #AdjunctChat is on now: adjuncts doing research. Company for the morning commute! @rebeccagoodway @Acahacker 4/8/14 16:03
@fabianbanga Hi #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:03
@KateMfD RT @MirandaMerklein: As a creative writer, the chaos of contingency has drastically impaired my output. I publish a lot less. Creates resen… 4/8/14 16:04
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein I know, it’s hard to find time to do research as an adjunct maybe we can come up w/ strategies to improve this #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:04
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga Hi. We just started. #adjunctchat To start, why don’t you tell us what areas you do or would like to do research in. 4/8/14 16:04
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 My research and PhD = creative prosery, mixed-genre fiction and poetry. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:05
@Comprof1 @KateMfD @tseenster @rebeccagoodway @Acahacker Seems so strange since it’s the evening commute here! #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:06
@rebeccagoodway I enjoy doing research for others so much, but get frustrated when I don’t see the outcomes after my part is over #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:06
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein So do you create long texts or short? #adjunctchat Have you been able to do ANY writing? 4/8/14 16:07
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 That would be a miracle! As it’s really soul-destroying. Any advice appreciated. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:07
@klinecj @Comprof1 Just a little late but I am here. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:08
@klinecj @Comprof1 Just a little late but I am here. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:08
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein Is it the lack of opportunity to create or lack of opp to publish? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:09
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 Anywhere between 50 – 2,000 words, with or without line breaks.#Adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:09
@fabianbanga I was thinking that all PhD professors (adjunct, TT, etc.) engage in some type of research; the difference is support from inst #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:09
@Comprof1 @klinecj Hi Christopher. We’re just #adjunctchat To start, why don’t you tell us what areas you do or would like to do research in. 4/8/14 16:10
@Comprof1 @klinecj Hi Christopher. We’re just #adjunctchat To start, why don’t you tell us what areas you do or would like to do research in. 4/8/14 16:10
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 I have been able to do SOME writing. At this rate, though, the next collection will take 10 years, it seems. #Adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:10
@ProfessorF74 RT @fabianbanga: I was thinking that all PhD professors (adjunct, TT, etc.) engage in some type of research; the difference is support from… 4/8/14 16:11
@KateMfD @rebeccagoodway problem with casual research work in Australia: assumption that income rather than output is the goal. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:11
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga I think w/ adjuncts may need to be more creative/non traditional. When institution doesn’t recognize, depressing #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:11
@fabianbanga @rebeccagoodway What type of research? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:11
@MariuzzoAndrea RT @fabianbanga: I was thinking that all PhD professors (adjunct, TT, etc.) engage in some type of research; the difference is support from… 4/8/14 16:11
@KateMfD Curious: do US adjuncts also get to do paid research work for profs? #AdjunctChat #auscasuals 4/8/14 16:12
@Comprof1 @KateMfD @rebeccagoodway I think it’s the same worldwide! Adjuncts not able b/c not motivated or not qualified #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:13
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 Although I’m also known to write angry, critical blogs/accounts of #hireded, student debt, and the 2-tiered campus 😉 #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:13
@fabianbanga @KateMfD ah! educational insts run according to the models of private businesses… 4/8/14 16:13
here is our topic again.
@rebeccagoodway #adjunctchat
@fabianbanga @KateMfD sometimes 4/8/14 16:14
#AdjunctChat #auscasuals
@Comprof1 @KateMfD In US a line between adjuncts and researchers. Student adjuncts also (teaching or research assistant, not both) #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:14
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 I know, terrible. this is why always in solidarity 4/8/14 16:15
#adjunctchat
@Comprof1 Q1 what are some of the barriers to you researching or completing research as an adjunct? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:15
@fabianbanga @rebeccagoodway We have a lot to work on / I have similar topic #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:16
@KateMfD @Comprof1 In Australia casual (adjunct) teachers often also pick up research assistant work. Paid, but not always credited. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:17
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 time, support #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:17
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat A1 For me it’s figuring out affiliation. Also lack of funding or even access to research projects. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:17
@fabianbanga @KateMfD Many GSIs do this in the USA 4/8/14 16:18
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat
@KateMfD @Comprof1 We have a piece coming out in CASA this week on the resume gap casual research assistance creates. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:18
@Comprof1 @KateMfD Can you be a postdoc to do the research job? My uni you need to be enrolled student. No post doc opportunities #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:19
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga @KateMfD But I know of some adjuncts also who do it to get foot in door. Problem w/ minority contingent. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:20
@Comprof1 @rebeccagoodway In what context do you do research? Work? Colleagues (part of project)? Academics? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:20
@MirandaMerklein The good news is that we may change the concept & elite social status of the intellectual/scholar by being forced into activism #Adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:20
@KateMfD @Comprof1 Our post docs are granted funded and sometimes get RA funding in their grant. Benefit to casual RAs uncertain. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:21
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga @KateMfD I have some friends who have been put on RFP to insure inclusiveness then dropped when funding comes in. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:21
@KateMfD RT @MirandaMerklein: The good news is that we may change the concept & elite social status of the intellectual/scholar by being forced into… 4/8/14 16:21
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein Just wondering, how much time would you say you have to commit to writing each week? Do you work year round? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:22
@Comprof1 @KateMfD Some of the schools with large endowments do that in US also. I work for Public Uni so limited funding #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:23
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 @KateMfD It’s also about the institution: #adjuncts in bigger inst may get more support 4 research than TT in small U #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:24
@Comprof1 Q2 If we can’t get paid for research in academy what other options might there be to work on research as altac? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:25
@Comprof1 Q2 If we can’t get paid for research in academy what other options might there be to work on research as altac? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:25
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 Some weeks zero. On average, maybe 3 hours a week. More during “breaks.” Yes, I work year round and organize for AAUP #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:25
@fabianbanga @rebeccagoodway Good, you can also use that learning and info for your own research #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:26
@KateMfD Thinking: casuals/adjuncts with high teaching loads face some same problems as TT. Teaching eats research time. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:28
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein I suggest that you carve out a regular time that is sacred. Esp if it will help with your spirit. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:29
@fabianbanga we devote so much time on teaching and committees then no time for research (only 24hs in a day) + need time 4 ur family #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:29
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein This will be an advantage for your students. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:30
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga I try to combine teaching and research. It’s been great when I’ve been able to pilot something w/ my students. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:30
@fabianbanga Academia is not a friendly place for research if you have to teach, committees, conferences + your own personal time. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:30
@rebeccagoodway @fabianbanga personal… time…? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:31
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga I wonder if in some cases adjuncts might have more research freedom because not having to conform to dept expect #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:32
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 Yes, especially if you are teaching in grad school #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:33
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 yes, definitely #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:34
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga Problem is time and money for adjuncts, not ideas. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:34
@fabianbanga @rebeccagoodway : ) exactly! #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:34
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga Actually, I currently teach exclusively undergrad. They’re very open to trying new things (well, some are) #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:35
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 Yes. Hard thing to do when you’re underwater. Opportunity is an economic variable. V. Woolf was right about that one. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:35
@KateMfD “@rebeccagoodway: this is a metaphor for my life http://t.co/5fdUooXtPR” #auscasuals #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:36
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein Is there any way you can get paid outside of academia for what you like to do? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:37
@Comprof1 RT @KateMfD: “@rebeccagoodway: this is a metaphor for my life http://t.co/5fdUooXtPR” #auscasuals #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:37
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga But foreign language depts can be difficult for research. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:38
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 My problem is that my thesis is too dense 4 undergrads so rarely teaches this topic / edteach is different; #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:39
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 I do like organizing. (Got that poli sci degree, too.) Full time organizing for one of the #highered campaigns maybe. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:39
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein This brings me to the next ?: Q3 What are some resources available for adjuncts that want to do research? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:40
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 No, a lot of projects http://t.co/akWQioE68x and also Stanford. 4/8/14 16:40
#adjunctchat
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 No, a lot of projects http://t.co/akWQioE68x and also Stanford. 4/8/14 16:40
#adjunctchat
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga I teach communication & there is no way my students would understand my thesis! But I take concepts to work on. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:41
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 I am thinking about grants #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:41
@MirandaMerklein
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga E.g. I teach computer mediated comm. students do a log on how they use CMC. Then I compare w/ workers (my thesis) #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:42
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein There are some grants at schools but also funding orgs/professional organizations #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:43
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein Hey, sorry for being so late (at an academic conference in Scotland). Intrigued with this question #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:44
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @MirandaMerklein conference fits into the topic? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:46
@MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga @Comprof1 Might work for some tradit researchers with less courses. In CW, it’s about books published (Catch 22). #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:47
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein I also just started using http://t.co/ROeY8zcH6f. There are postings on grants, calls for papers #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:47
@fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein yes, always the case in literature 4/8/14 16:48
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga Do you have a writing group you can join to help you reach your goal? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:48
@fabianbanga @Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein do you have grant writers? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:49
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga I just wrote a chapter for an encyclopedia of mobile phone use b/c I was part of consotium #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:50
@KateMfD @Comprof1 q3 thinking that TT allies ought to be resources/mentors/listeners, but too often fail. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:50
@MirandaMerklein @JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Lucky you! Love Scotland, http://t.co/DydLc3gwLT Never been. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:50
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga One of the members was editing a book and asked me to write a chapter. Really helped to have supp #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:50
@fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein Everything goes back to capital #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:51
@Comprof1
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein I was a grant writer before I started phd. We do have help, but I was grant writer when I was RA #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:52
@MirandaMerklein RT @KateMfD: @Comprof1 q3 thinking that TT allies ought to be resources/mentors/listeners, but too often fail. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:52
@Comprof1 @fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein Problem is with org that require you to be part of institution (grants to institution not indiv) #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:53
@MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga @Comprof1 We don’t even have copy paper at school 2. Maybe some working at the CC. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:53
@Comprof1 @KateMfD Perhaps, but also, how often do we reach out? Perhaps if we SAW them we could network for role in research project. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:54
@Blaise7 http://t.co/LQeDhLvV3w #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:54
@fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein I know about this reality 4/8/14 16:55
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat
@fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein I know about this reality 4/8/14 16:55
@Comprof1 #adjunctchat
@Comprof1 @KateMfD Most of my collaboration has been with TT who have found money for me. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:55
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein The conference is on networked learning, so it may be related. #AdjunctChat 4/8/14 16:55
@fabianbanga RT @MirandaMerklein: @fabianbanga @Comprof1 We don’t even have copy paper at school 2. Maybe some working at the CC. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:56
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga We don’t either. (Actually don’t need it b/c copy machine is always broken). #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:56
@Comprof1 Well, it’s almost the end of out time. Any take aways? suggestions? directions? #adjunctchat 4/8/14 16:58
@MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga @Comprof1 I’ve seen adjuncts crawl out w/outside help, re$ources. They usually have all the advice (class divide). #adjunctchat 4/8/14 17:01
@Comprof1 BTW, it’s http://t.co/ckw39oKHOx (I had the wrong ending). #adjunctchat 4/8/14 17:01
@Comprof1 @MirandaMerklein @fabianbanga Can you partner up with someone? writing mentor? Not as much to help w/ writing as direction. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 17:03
@Comprof1 Well, I’m going to sign off here. We won’t have an #adjunctchat next week, but there will be one the week after. The last I saw no moderator 4/8/14 17:06
@MirandaMerklein @Comprof1 @fabianbanga For me, that is not a need. It’s a real trap that #adjuncts fall into with 6 fig debt. A predatory maze. #adjunctchat 4/8/14 17:07
@fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein when all these towers of illusion fall, the only realities we see are work and compensation. #adjunctchat @Comprof1 4/8/14 17:18
@fabianbanga @MirandaMerklein when all these towers of illusion fall, the only realities we see are work and compensation. #adjunctchat @Comprof1 4/8/14 17:18
@MirandaMerklein RT @fabianbanga: @MirandaMerklein when all these towers of illusion fall, the only realities we see are work and compensation. #adjunctchat… 4/8/14 17:19
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