Contingent Faculty: Introduction
Mike Palmquist and Sue Doe
The guest editors preview the contents of this special issue on contingent faculty and identify key concerns that have been raised by English studies’ (and the overall academy’s) reliance on such instructors
Statement on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty
NCTE College Section Working Group on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty
This policy statement from a committee of the NCTE College Section identifies problems with the discipline’s dependence on contingent faculty and makes recommendations for better treatment of them.
The Spirit and Influence of the Wyoming Resolution: Looking Back to Look Forward
James C. McDonald and Eileen E. Schell
Drawing on their recent interviews with various scholars who were involved, the authors review the history of the highly significant Wyoming Resolution and analyze its subsequent impact on conditions for contingent faculty.
Forum on Identity
Angela Bilia, Christopher Dean, Judith Hebb, Monica F. Jacobe, and Doug Sweet
The forum contributors draw on their personal experiences and insights to put forth ideas about contingent faculty’s relations with other faculty and with the academic institution as a whole.
The Current Status of Contingent Faculty in Technical and Professional Communication
Lisa Meloncon and Peter England
The authors report on and analyze a survey they conducted of staffing in college professional and technical communication courses. In addition, they make recommendations for better treatment of contingent faculty who teach such courses.
Forum on the Profession
Lisa Arnold, Laura Brady, Maggie Christensen, Joanne Baird Giordano, Holly Hassel, Ed Nagelhout, Nathalie Singh-Corcoran, and Julie Staggers
The forum contributors draw on their personal experiences and insights to put forth ideas about contingent faculty’s relations with the profession of English studies in general.
Discourse of the Firetenders: Considering Contingent Faculty through the Lens of Activity Theory
Sue Doe, Natalie Barnes, David Bowen, David Gilkey, Ginger Guardiola Smoak, Sarah Ryan, Kirk Sarell, Laura H. Thomas, Lucy J. Troup, and Mike Palmquist
Drawing on work logs kept by participants, the authors report and analyze a project at their university in which contingent faculty recorded the amount of work they actually performed during a week. The authors also recommend ways to enhance the working conditions of such faculty.
Forum on Organizing
Janet Ruth Heller, Trish Jenkins, Mahli Xuan Mechenbier, and Marie Moeller
The forum contributors draw on their personal experiences and insights to put forth ideas about how contingent faculty might improve their working conditions through various kinds of alliances.
Biographies of Contributors
Announcements and Calls for Papers
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