This is How You Kill a Profession

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From The Chronicle. Thanks to Donald Rogers for passing this article along. He writes the following about it:

Herb Childress, "This is how you kill a Profession."  Its central contribution is to point out contingent faculty members' marginal relationship to the academic community as a social and intellectual enterprise, beyond the well-known hardships in pay, job security, and lack of mobility.  See especially the last third of the essay, beginning with "The problems with the adjunct structure . . . ."  This comes from his new book, The Adjunct Underclass:  How America's Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students and Their Mission (Chicago:  U of Chicago Press, 2019).  See