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  •  Rec'ing for most of what you say (0+ / 0-)

    though I'm flabbergasted, as a former academic, that anybody would choose to go back to 4-4 untenured faculty position over a 3-2 tenured position.

    Pressures of tenure notwithstanding, I have a hard time feeling like tenure is a burden.

    Nowhere do I understand that national security is a substitute for the law.---Thomas Drake You cannot tell from appearances how things will go.--Winston Churchill

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 09:31:01 PM PDT

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      it is rather amazing. The only thing I can really figure out is that the job of an adjunct or instructor has clearer boundaries, whereas the job of a tenured professor morphs into a million different things these days. I think that sometimes people long for boundaries.

      There is some burden in responsibility. I'm not saying that adjuncts don't have their own burden, but there is a burden  in some of what tenure implies if not in tenure itself.

      That is not, however, justification for the low pay-scale of adjuncts and some instructors. I don't actually think the workloads are all that different (in type, yes, but in quantity, no), but the pay scales are, and that is the main issue.

      •  and the benefits. like, there are none. yikes. (0+ / 0-)

        Nowhere do I understand that national security is a substitute for the law.---Thomas Drake You cannot tell from appearances how things will go.--Winston Churchill

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:58:18 AM PDT

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