I just read Sarah Kendzior’s article “The closing of American academia.” Not uplifting. My first reaction:
When is enough enough? Seriously.
The main point of Kendzior’s article is that the high rate of adjuncts in academia is a sign of serious problems within the academy:
My friend is an adjunct. She has a PhD in anthropology and teaches at a university, where she is paid $2100 per course. While she is a professor, she is not a Professor. She is, like 67 per cent of American university faculty, a part-time employee on a contract that may or may not be renewed each semester. She receives no benefits or health care.
That’s right: 67 percent.
Here’s the point to really think about:
But all Americans should be concerned about adjuncts, and not only because adjuncts are the ones teaching our youth. The adjunct problem is emblematic of broader trends in American employment: the end of higher education as a means to prosperity, and the severing of opportunity to all but the most privileged.
Let those words roll around in your mind a little: “the end of higher education as a means to prosperity.” I am going to keep this simple:
Now what? Wait until it all “gets better” on its own?
Or something else? Academia is, after all, what we make of it. Or what we stand aside and let it be.