Today was the first (will it be annual?) National Adjunct Walkout Day; at noon on college campuses across the country, adjunct professors were urged by a common cause to walk away from their teaching posts in order to draw attention to their dire employment arrangements, which includes criminally low wages, no benefits or job stability, and just generally feeling totally jerked around by the same system that loaded them up with degrees at high cost and them sent them, often over-qualified, out into the world to teach Drawing 101.
Presumably, and going by my own FB feed, plenty of adjuncts in university art departments across Texas have strong opinions on the matter. But did they walk out? If so, will they teach again next semester? How sympathetic did the tenured faculty seem toward them this week?
also by Christina Rees
- Tom Sachs at the Nasher Sculpture Center - September 19th, 2017
- Ray Harryhausen's Singular Movie Magic - September 3rd, 2017
- Artists, Self-Sabotage, Integrity, and Selling Out - August 20th, 2017
- Juan Mora: Culture Clash - August 1st, 2017
- Bruno's Steel House - July 18th, 2017