#AdjunctChat Topic June 3 ~ Adjuncts on the Dole (with @whowewilltobe)

Twitter_ChatThe topic for the #AdjunctChat on Tuesday, June 3 at 4:00pm EDT is:

Adjuncts on the Dole: Eliminating the Shame of Applying for Public Assistance

The chat will be facilitated by Bri O’Blivion @whowewilltobe.

Many adjunct and part-time higher education instructors struggle earning a living through teaching multiple courses, often at multiple universities, frequently barely making enough income to survive. Moreover, it is increasingly a situation where some are seeking public assistance just to survive. Does this resonate with your experiences? Want to challenge the stigma associated with all this? Want to chat?

Our discussion will focus on these questions:

Q1: When do you most need state support? #AdjunctChat

Q2: Tell us about your experiences during application. #AdjunctChat

Q3: How do you rationalize your emotional response? #AdjunctChat

Q4: How can we help dissolve the humiliation that we feel? #AdjunctChat

All adjunct, contingent, part-time, visiting, and non-tenure track instructors, along with their allies, in higher education are welcome to #AdjunctChat on Tuesday, June 3, from 4:00-5:00pm EDT. Even if you do not readily fit into the above, #AdjunctChat is open to all! The more perspectives, the better we all learn with and from one another.

Want to facilitate an #AdjunctChat? You do not have to be an expert on the topic, but rather have an interest in something related to adjunct experiences with a desire to facilitate a live Twitter chat. More information about it may be found at How Can I Facilitate an #AdjunctChat?

2 thoughts on “#AdjunctChat Topic June 3 ~ Adjuncts on the Dole (with @whowewilltobe)

  1. jrhoskins

    Reblogged this on The Adjunct Crisis and commented:
    In California, unemployment wages are guaranteed to adjunct, but we still have to fight for them. The application is changed every year; one wrong answer triggers an interview, which postpones the payment sometimes for weeks. However, for adjuncts, claiming unemployment wages is claiming a small portion of wages you have already earned. It is no more shameful than collecting a paycheck, but it is absurd. An adjunct moment I once had reveals a flashpoint: a tenured once remarked to me that she also was unemployed during the summer break, but could not draw unemployment wages. Was she envious? Was she angry? Did she feel left out? She certainly was clueless.


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