Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labor [Trailer]

Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labor [Trailer]


MALE VOICE: For anybody who wants to know
what late capitalism in the twenty-first century looks like, go to the university and you’ll
see it; it’s there. [MUSIC] CHRISTOPHER DEAN: It’s a huge diverse group.
To lump them all together into this sort of junk term. Adjunct faculty, like we’re some
sort of appendix. It’s a terrible term. Adjunct means that you really aren’t a part of the
entire endeavor of the academy. [MUSIC] CARY NELSON: I described the English and foreign
language departments as the fast food disciplines because they really have originated the problem. DANIEL BEAUDRY: I hate to use the word prostitute
yourself, but you end up sort of going door to door, saying hey will you hire me for two
courses? CARRIE HOLLIGAN: The thing that can improve
the condition of my job, what I would have to say, would be higher pay. NATHANIEL WARD: I mean, I don’t know. It’s
funny. Every time I go into teach I feel like I’m part of a problem. MATT WILLIAMS: The system is addicted to contingency. SUZANNE HUDSON: It’s not good for the faculty.
It’s not good for the college. It’s not good for the students. CARY NELSON: That’s the big price for higher
education to pay. CARTOON TEACHER: So you said you wanted to
meet with me today. CARTOON STUDENT: Yes. I’m going to grad school
in English. CARTOON TEACHER No. You will probably end
up as an adjunct, getting paid less than many of the secretaries and janitors in the school. [MUSIC] ELIZABETH CONWAY: You never hear a first grader
say, “When I grow up I want to be an adjunct.” BETHANY AERY CLERICO: I would hope that there
eventually comes some change. MARIA MAISTO: It is our duty to stand up and
to speak out about when there is injustice. MIKE PALMQUIST: What are we going to do? Are
we going to wait until this blows up? CHRISTOPHER DEAN: If we’re working people
we need a lot of working people and I think that’s what we are. Academic workers, but
working people nonetheless. BRONWYN WILLIAMS: What we need to do is take
the game to the people with the money. MATT WILLIAMS: They buy fair trade coffee,
how about fair trade education? [MUSIC]

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