Organization: NorthEastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
In recent years, the adjunct plight—low pay, lack of job security, respect, and recognition commensurate with our credentials and accomplishments—seems to have attracted attention not only from industry publications like Inside Higher Ed but also more mainstream ones across the political spectrum. While this attention may seem welcome, indicating long-overdue recognition of our cause and giving hope for positive change, could it also backfire? For example, though objective coverage in respected news outlets like the Washington Post could lend adjuncts, their working conditions, and the larger impact of all this legitimacy, backlash has also arisen in the form of ridicule, victim blaming, even retaliation against adjuncts who speak out publicly. Papers speaking to either effect, whether examining specific scenarios or addressing the issue more broadly, are sought.
Maria L. Plochocki