Edited by Natalie M. Dorfeld
Copy edited by Karen P. Peirce. Designed by Mike Palmquist.
This edited collection, the first in the Practices & Possibilities series to be published in its Voices from the Field section, offers a rich set of narratives by writing instructors who are serving or have worked in contingent positions. Intended for anyone considering a career in the humanities, The Invisible Professor seeks to reach individuals in three phases of their careers: those thinking of entering the profession, those knee-deep in it and looking for ways to improve conditions, and those who have vacated academic positions for more humane alternative tracks.
As academia comes to a crossroads, with a disheartening shift towards a more disposable business model, multiple solutions are desperately needed. Faculty members in contingent positions are the new faculty majority on college campuses, and they are most likely the first professors students will meet. They deserve respect and a livable wage.
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Introduction. Hello, My Name Is Natalie, and I Am a Hypocrite, Natalie M. Dorfeld
Part I: The Struggle is Real/Academia’s Current Landscape
Chapter 1. The Shadow of the Adjunct, Michael Dubson
Chapter 2. From Tenure Track to Unemployment in Six Months, Jeff Dories
Chapter 3. Becoming Lystrosaurus: Toxic Environments, Mass Extinctions, and Other Cautionary Tales for Academics, Dustin Michael
Chapter 4. Adjunctivitis: The Plague of Academia, Marjorie Stewart
Chapter 5. Closing of My College Department and Swingline Factory, Constance H. Gemson
Part II: The Debilitating Effects of Disposability
Chapter 6. A Dark Night and a Brighter Day for Adjuncts, Maria Shine Stewart
Chapter 7. Statusism: How Adjunct Exploitation Isolates and Divides College Faculty, Christian L. Pyle
Chapter 8. Between a Rock and a Hard Place on a Deserted Island: Negotiated Mental Health on College Campuses Through the Lens of a Rebellious Adjunct Professor, Belle H. Foster
Chapter 9. Unheard Voices and Unseen Faces: The Experience of Adjuncts, Nooshan Ashtari and Pamela Minet-Lucid
Chapter 10. Ignorance Is Bliss, Ann Wiley
Part III: Knee-Deep in the Trenches/What Now?
Chapter 11. This is What Solidarity Looks Like: A Model of Thick Solidarity at the University of Illinois, Andrew Bowman, A. Kay Emmert, Shawn Gilmore, and Bruce Kovanen
Chapter 12. Where to Start? An Overview of the (Ab)use of Contingent/NTT Laborers and a Call for Radical Transparency to Assist the New Faculty Majority, Katie Rieger and Sarah Lonelodge
Chapter 13. "Ten ... Toil Where One Reposes": Stories of an Adjunct Faculty Organizer, Anne Balay
Chapter 14. Alternative to Nothing: Rejecting "Alt-Ac" Success Stories and Acknowledging Failure, Daniel S. Brown
Chapter 15. Reconsidering the Status of Contingency: Are These Really the Trenches?, Jennifer K. Johnson and Nicole Warwick
Chapter 16. From Being One to Hiring One: Both Sides of the Adjunct Phenomenon in Higher Education, Kimberly M. Miller and Joanna Whetstone
Chapter 17. Adjuncting without Anguish: A 21st Century Roadmap to Success for Contingent Faculty, Devan Bissonette
Chapter 18. Breaking Up with Higher Ed, Lee Kottner
Chapter 19. Where the Pipeline Ends: Teaching High School Equivalency in a Medium-Security Prison, Andrea Verschaeve and Jason Porath
Chapter 20. Contracting and Consulting: Crafting a Career, Ian S. Ray and Brandi Wren
Chapter 21. After Adjuncting: Questioning Academia’s "Big Club", Steven Yates
Chapter 22. We Are the University, Debra Leigh Scott
Chapter 23. Escape This Neoliberal Shit Show Now, BC Dickenson
Conclusion. Labor-Informed Graduate Education, Amy Lynch-Biniek
Natalie M. Dorfeld earned a B.A. in philosophy, a B.S. in English with a specialization in writing, and an M.A. in English at Slippery Rock University. She also has a Ph.D. in English with emphasis on composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is currently an associate professor of English at Florida Institute of Technology. Her research on contingent labor has featured in Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty, CEAMAGazine: Journal of the College English Association Middle Atlantic Group, The Quint: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly from the North, Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric, Inside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In her spare time, she paints, surfs, and rescues stray animals.
Publication Information: Dorfeld, Natalie M. (Ed.). (2022). The Invisible Professor: The Precarious Lives of the New Faculty Majority. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado. https://doi.org/10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1589
ISBN: 978-1-64215-158-9 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-159-6 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-380-4 (pbk.)
Digital Publication Date: July 1, 2022
Print Publication Date: TBD
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Series Editors: Aimee McClure, Clarke University, Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University, and Aleashia Walton, University of Cincinnati
Associate Editor: Jagadish Paudel, University of Texas at El Paso
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