Gerry Canavan

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‘Foot-in-the-Door Disease’

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Nearly 59 percent of involuntary part-timers said they had accepted their current job believing it would be a steppingstone to a full-time appointment. But nearly 68 percent recognized that such transitions rarely occur at their institution.

The Higher Education Research Institute surveys life off the tenure track.

Written by gerrycanavan

October 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

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  1. Thanks for the link. On one hand, I’m not sure I’m up to reading more about the unpleasant position we’re in (I mean, us sessional folk) but I know how easy it is to assume it’ll be different for me. Optimism sometimes seems like delusion. I had a laugh with some fellow sessionals about how the racket’s set up like the fruit picking in _The Grapes of Wrath_ (I’m thinking the John Ford adaptation). You agree to teach that course for 50c a day, but the Dean wants it for 40c and you know someone’s going to take the work…


    October 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

  2. Reblogged this on ISISci and commented:
    The statistics and quotes in this Chronicle article confirm some of our biggest fears about the current state of academia. If there is a silver lining, perhaps these data can provide some measure of (“whew…dodged THAT bullet”) consolation for those who have been unsuccessful in landing one of these long-shot, foot-in-the-door positions. Or, maybe not.


    October 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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