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Contingent Faculty in Academe: The Ultimate Test of Resiliency (NeMLA)

Niagara Falls, NY
Organization: NeMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Graduate Conference, Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Rhetoric & Composition, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-03-23 to 2023-03-26 Abstract Due: 2022-09-30
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Do YOU identity with any of the labels below?  

* Visiting professor or post doc with a temporary appointment?
* Independent Scholar who continues to teach and publish with little institutional support?
* Adjunct with a heavy teaching load on multiple campuses?
* Two-year college faculty, charged with teaching gatekeeper humanities courses to underprepared students?
* Career Adjunct who has taught languages and literature since graduating---sometimes decades ago?

This roundtable discussion will focus on the lived experiences of contingent faculty. In particular, we plan to address the limits of resiliency and how it can be a weakness that is used against some adjuncts. In addition, we will explore the ways that resiliency can also be as a force for change, leading to unionization efforts and activism.

We hope to hear the “voices” of all types of contingent faculty and engage in a dialogue about how they remain resilient in an environment where they must balance student success initiatives and institutional priorities while, at the same time, facing uncertain futures and marginalization on campus




Rhonda Filipan