Call to unite Boston’s adjunct faculty

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Mar 192013

I wouldn’t presume to know the individual opinions of everyone in FYWP regarding unionization, so I offer without comment this call for Boston’s adjuncts to unite in conjunction with the SEIU:

Boston Adjuncts Uniting for Respect, Better Standards, and a Voice in Our Profession

Low compensation, no benefits or job security, and lack of respect for the important work we do endanger our profession and make it increasingly difficult for us to do our best for our students.

That’s why adjunct professors across the greater Boston area are coming together to form a union with SEIU. To be successful, we need to unite as adjuncts and take action.

Lecturer positions open at Northeastern

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Mar 142013


The English Department of Northeastern University seeks to fill five benefits-eligible, full time Lecturer positions, beginning in September 2013. Lecturers teach first-year and advanced writing courses, including courses in writing for the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, the health professions, and the criminal justice professions. Initial applications should consist of a letter of interest; a curriculum vita; and a brief (1-2 page) statement of teaching philosophy, including a description of training and experience in teaching writing. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree in Rhetoric and Composition or related field required at the time of appointment. Experience or training in teaching ESL/ELL or working with new and digital media especially welcome.

Additional Information: For information about the Writing Program, please see For information about employment at Northeastern University, see To apply, visit the College of Social Sciences and Humanities website at and click on the Faculty Positions button, or go to “Careers at Northeastern” at Click on “Faculty Positions” and search for the current position under the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Got an MFA? Teach High School.

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Aug 012012

In early 2012, Joshua Boldt launched The Adjunct Project, a website containing a collaboratively updated spreadsheet of adjunct salary and work conditions. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported the site had nearly 800 user entries in the first month. While comparative salary data is useful, the most disheartening element of the site is the short narratives. Adjuncts accept poor pay with silence, “terrified of being even more broke than we are.” Other grievances include no health benefits, rushed contracts, and — despite the fact that adjuncts comprise nearly three-quarters of university faculty — paltry voice and representation in university matters.

I am unable to offer an absolute solution to this institutionalized, national problem. But I have, and will continue to, make a suggestion to the graduates of MFA programs who often enter these adjunct positions as perceived full-time employment. Before you join a dismal system where you might teach an overloaded schedule on multiple campuses and still earn less than $30,000 a year, pause for a moment. You have other options. Continue to fight your good fight, and bring this academic sharecropping, as some have called it, to public attention. But consider another career. Teach high school. It works for me.

~ Nick Ripatrazone @ The Millions

Job listings

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Jun 112012

A couple of Boston-area job listings via BRAWN (which, again, you should be following if you aren’t already), for those of you looking to pick up more sections for fall.

The Framingham State University English Department seeks instructors for the developmental writing course, Introduction to College Writing.  Sections are available for fall 2012. Applicants must have a degree at the masters level or higher and at least one semester of experience teaching similar courses. We are a collegial department that welcomes adjunct instructors and offers opportunities for faculty development. Please send a letter of interest and résumé to Professor Elaine Beilin, Chair, English Department, at Framingham State University encourages applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.

Also, Wheelock College has posted listings for a Writing Support Specialist and Writing Instructors.

I’d Rather Be in Philadelphia

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Mar 302012

Hi folks,

Just got this note from the Kelly Writers House, a really cool organization at my might-have-been alma mater, UPenn:

For the last several years, Writers House has co-sponsored a one year residency for a young or emerging writer. The ARTSEDGE RESIDENCY PROJECT includes a subsidized apartment at 40th and Chestnut (writer pays less than half the rent), studio/writing space in the AIR Space artistic nexus, and close affiliation with Penn’s writing communities, especially the people at KWH.

We’re now accepting ArtsEdge applications for the 2012-2013 year — and alumni are certainly welcome to apply. And if the project’s not right for you, I certainly hope you’ll share the announcement with friends and colleagues who you think would fit well here at KWH!
Follow this link for the full rundown.

If you get it, I will give you my annotated map of cheesesteak joints.

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