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Demonizing the schools is a silly notion.
No, it isn't. The schools are responsible for the over supply.
Overall, though, it's not the graduate school's fault that so much first year comp is taught by adjuncts. Fewer English or Comp-Rhet PhD's is not going to change the amount of adjuncts needed in my discipline. So the extent that schools rely on adjuncts rather than on full-time instructors is on them. Unless they're underfunded state schools; then it's on us.
The only way to get US health costs under control is to make doctor and nurse pay closer to the European and Canadian levels which is probably half the current US averages. Will that harm quality of doctors--maybe at some level . And negotiate drug costs to the similar levels.
A lot of these comments assume a Phd in humanities should be a professional degree designed to lead to a specific job, like law and medical school. I think many humanities professors would argue getting a Phd is an end in itself, an opportunity to study a field you love for a decade, and what impact it has on your career afterwards is secondary.
The author really has no ideal about what does it mean by being a ladder faculty member.
Kevin Birmingham received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard, where he was a Lecturer in the English Department and in the History & Literature program. He is the Humanities 10 Writing Director and an instructor in the university’s Writing Program. He was a bartender in a Dublin pub featured in Ulysses for one day before he was unceremoniously fired. The Most Dangerous Book was a New York Times bestseller. It received the PEN New England Award for Nonfiction in 2015 and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2016. The Truman Capote Award has never before been given to a writer's first book.
This is happening even as tuitions are skyrocketing and the numbers of (much better paid) university administrators are mushrooming. In The Fall Of The Faculty, Johns Hopkins professor Benjamin Ginsberg reports that although student-faculty ratios fell slightly between 1975 and 2005, from 16-to-1 to 15-to-1, the student-to-administrator ratio fell from 84-to-1 to 68-to-1, and the student-to-professional-staff ratio fell from 50-to-1 to 21-to-1. Ginsberg concludes: "Apparently, when colleges and universities had more money to spend, they chose not to spend it on expanding their instructional resources, i.e. faculty. They chose, instead, to enhance their administrative and staff resources."
A growing army of administrators, standing on the backs of underpaid and overworked adjunct professors, is the kind of exploitative two-tier system that people on the left typically denounce. But now, although there’s a bit of support for graduate students and adjuncts who want to unionize, there’s nothing like the “Fight for 15” movement aimed at ending this unfairness. And, weirdly, no school is hiring “adjunct administrators.”