Is it possible to escape the casual teaching trap?

As a postdoctoral fellow who will be looking for work in the not too distance future, this post on The Thesis Whisperer’s site is very sobering.

The Thesis Whisperer

This post, by Robin May of Melbourne University, is on a matter close to my own heart – casual teaching. Sessional lecturers, or  ‘adjuncts’ as they are sometimes called in the United States, are an increasingly common feature of the Higher Education workforce worldwide.

I was a sessional lecturer for 11 years. While some of that time it suited me to be free and easy, eventually the lack of secure employment started to grate. I was not eligible for a mortgage and I started to resent the full time lecturers for their travel budgets, superannuation and ability to take holidays at will. So when Robin, who is actually doing her PhD on the issue, offered a post I jumped at the chance to publish it!

Robyn is a Research Fellow at University of Melbourne and her recently submitted PhD examines the causes and implications of insecure academic employment in Australia’s…

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