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Inside Higher Ed | June 17, 2008 | Waiting 20 Years for the Tenure Track

By Phil Ray Jack

This summer, many of those fresh out of graduate school are preparing to begin their teaching careers. A fortunate few have already been hired to fill tenure-track positions, but many will find themselves on the unexpected and convoluted pathway of “contingent faculty.” With 70 percent or more of college classes taught by part-time faculty, the opportunities for full-time careers are rare. Many will accept part-time teaching assignments with the hope that it will build their résumés and be a step closer to the tenure track. At least that was what I thought when I accepted my first part-time teaching assignment. For me, when I was recently offered a full-time, tenure-track position as an English composition instructor at Green River Community College, it was the end of a 20-year journey.  [Read the full article]


"The Myth of the Tenured Faculty," March/April 2007 AFT On Campus

by Barbara McKenna


Kathleen Lopez comes from a family of teachers. Her mother was an adjunct professor until she retired two years ago at the age of 82. Her daughter has a doctorate and is headed down an education path. Lopez hopes her daughter's degree will lead her through the hallowed hallways of academe, not along the asphalt roadways that have marked Lopez's teacher career. [read more]


Special note: Article features our faculty and work in Olympia on the Faculty and College Excellence Act: Phil Jack and Robin Etheridge.