Gordon Haber

Writer, publisher, mediocre guitarist

Month: May, 2014

More Adjunct Horror Stories!

Today’s adjunct horror stories come from two colleagues who prefer to remain anonymous. Both were lightly edited for length and clarity. Send me more! Misery loves company! Click on the “about” page for my email address. 1. They’ll Never Know I was teaching at a local college and I actually really liked the job except […]

Adjunct Horror Stories: True Tales of Obtuse Administrators and Adjunct Abuse

For your weekend reading pleasure (or schadenfreude inducement if you’re one of the admins whom I suspect reads my blog), I bring you the first installment of Adjunct Horror Stories! The Seeds of Friendship and Hatred When I first started adjuncting in the early 1990s, I worked at a suburban community college. Typically, I had […]

How to Think Like an Administrator (Part Deux)

  Once again I want to stress that my intention is not to undermine experienced organizers, who know a lot more than I do, or to talk down to my colleagues. I was inspired to write these posts because (a) I’ve been seeing a lot of distracting discussion about rhetoric and (b) in my experience […]

Thinky Thoughts on Neo-Liberalism (and an Admission of Hypocrisy)

This morning Al Jazeera ran an op-ed from one Tarak Barkawi, who teaches at the New School here in my beloved New York City.* Barkawi is rightfully upset about the “neoliberal assault on academia” — meaning the reliance on contingent labor, the budget-slashing and the combining or shutting down of entire departments. It’s an interesting […]

How to Think Like an Administrator (Part 1 of 2)

I will preface this post by emphasizing that I don’t want to be trollish or to undervalue the hard work of activists. I know that adjuncts have many experienced negotiators and organizers on their side. And I am excited, even gleeful, at the possibility of making life difficult for those who have been screwing over […]

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