Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The World of Adjuncts

from the web supplement to Jobs for Philosophers
*24. (10 possible positions advertised) MARIST COLLEGE, Poughkeepsie, NY. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marist College invites applications for adjunct positions teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, or World Views and Values starting in the Fall of 2006 or the Spring of 2007. MA in philosophy required, Ph.D. desirable. Teaching experience desirable. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2006. Applications considered immediately and until all positions are filled. Please note that the remuneration for these positions does not by itself constitute a living wage; it can serve only as a supplement. Please submit a CV and letter of interest to: Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Marist College, 3399 North Road, FN 221, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. (SW06), posted: 07/18/06.

I am very tempted to translate this ad like this:
We have a standing need for ten people to teach a intro level course which we clearly require of all our students. We have decided not to hire tenure track faculty to fill this need. Instead, our business model will require that we use adjuncts to provide the basic services we offer with the budget we are willing to spend. And we have no intention of paying a living wage.
Is there any reason I am wrong?

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