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Students Losing Out: four essays on adjunct labor in higher education [Kindle Edition]

Isaac Sweeney
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Personal essays that got Isaac Sweeney fired.

A collection of four creative essays. The essays were originally published between October 2009 and January 2011 in national venues, such as The Chronicle Review and Academe. The essays offer a unique perspective, backed by personal experience and research, on the unfair world of adjunct, contingent, and non-tenure-track labor in higher education, focusing mostly on the four-year institution, which relies heavily on these underpaid and often-underappreciated faculty members.

**4,000 words total**


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"Here's the dirty big secret of American higher education: it is being financed by thousands of underemployed adjunct faculty who work work only for pennies and the love of teaching. Our universities are turning around three times more PhD's then there are tenure-track positions. Works like this one that make this white collar scandal visible are to be applauded." -Claudia Dreifus, co-author of Higher Education?

"[An] honest look at how universities abuse students in the name of education." -Amazon review

About the Author

Isaac Sweeney spent three years as a full-time adjunct faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia, where he taught freshman composition. He is now an assistant professor of English at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Va.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Adjuncts January 23, 2014
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As an adjunct instructor myself, I found these essays a bit whiney. The first three essays complain about poor adjunct pay as well as the distinction at universities between adjuncts and fulltime professors. Though the prose is well written, the essays are a downer. The fourth essay is a summary of a novel and even this one is a complaint regarding the plight of adjuncts. Most people should skip this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay January 1, 2013
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It was okay it was not long and it was easy to understand. I hope you enjoy the book. Happy reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars University Peons Unite. August 20, 2012
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A honest look at how universities abuse students in the name of education. If you want a graduate degree just bend over and eat that sandwich until you get out. You'll be teaching the professors classes and grading those papers for him. He will be trying to publish arcane or dressed up subjects/facts so he can get tenure and/or keep 'relevant.'
You will be saving the university a ton of money. The tenured one is usually working university politics strictly for his own benefit.

other groups being used.

Med students are essentially hazed to the point of collapse- endangering patients all in the name of education while the hospital saves a fortune on staff cost.

Student athletes also suffer. They retain no rights while the university makes millions. The student athlete more than not ends up with a degree in name only. If they are lucky enough to avoid career ending injury they can reap some of the rewards. If they are injured and can't play anymore well- nice knowing you while you were making us money. Thinking like this also allowed Sandusky free reign in the kiddie pool because the people responsible didn't want to damage the programs money making machine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We need more discussion on this subject February 26, 2011
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Here's the dirty big secret of American higher education: it is being financed by thousands of underemployed adjunct faculty who work work only for pennies and the love of teaching. Our universities are turning around three times more PhD's then there are tenure-track positions. Works like this one that make this white collar scandal visible are to be applauded.

Claudia Dreifus, co-author with Andrew Hacker, "Higher Education?"
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More About the Author

Isaac Sweeney has been a writer for as long as he can remember. He was born and raised in Virginia, where he still lives today. He has spent the better part of his life honing his craft and trying to share the gift of words with others.

Isaac is an assistant professor of English at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Va.


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