Monday, April 11, 2022

Adjuncts: Must Have Ph.D., Salary $0


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Adjuncts: Must Have Ph.D., Salary $0

Campus Next | Washington University in St. Louis
by Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times

"The job posting for an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, set high expectations for candidates: A Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry, a strong teaching record at the college level, and three to five letters of recommendation.

But there was a catch: The job would be on a “without salary basis,” as the posting phrased it. Just to be clear, it hammered home the point: “Applicants must understand there will be no compensation for this position.”

The posting last month caused an immediate uproar among academics across the country, who accused the university of exploiting already undervalued adjunct professors, and suggested this would never happen in other occupations. Under pressure, U.C.L.A. apologized and withdrew the posting.

But the unspoken secret had been fleetingly exposed: Free labor is a fact of academic life."

>> Situational Awareness: "Contingent faculty, the umbrella term for all kinds of generally part-time and untenured college teachers without much if any job security, make up a huge portion of the teaching staff of universities — by some estimates, around 70 percent overall and more in community colleges."

>> Why It Matters: "Very often, adjuncts and other contingent faculty are asked to do unpaid work that is presented not as free labor but as a way to hone their own credentials, according to union activists and some instructors who have received such requests. It may be characterized as professional development or service."

>> Between The Lines: "Liza Loza, a graduate student in molecular microbiology and microbial pathogenesis at at Washington University in St. Louis, wonders if she was lulled into working for free by the culture of academia, which drills into everyone that they are lucky to be there. “It is a privilege,” she said."

>> What They're Saying: “If your theory is that association with U.C.L.A. is itself compensation, then it makes sense,” said Trent McDonald, a Ph.D. candidate in English and American literature and union organizer at Washington. “I think there is the belief that you can eat prestige.”

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2.  Net Kings

Josh Bigford, St. John Fisher / photo by Hanife Gundogdu

Eleven teams punched their tickets to the NCAA Division III men's volleyball championship last weekend by capturing their conference titles.

AMCC: Penn State Behrend d. Geneva, 3-1
CCIW: No. 3 Carthage d. No. 8 North Central, 3-1
CSAC (non-AQ): Cairn d. Saint Elizabeth, 3-2
CUNYAC: Baruch d. Hunter, 3-1
CVC: No. 5 Rutgers-Newark d. No. 7 Southern Virginia, 3-1 
GNAC: No. 10 Wentworth d. Lasell, 3-0
MAC: No. 4 Stevens d. No. 13 Messiah, 3-0
MCVL: Mount Union d. Fontbonne, 3-1
NACC: No. 2 Dominican d. Benedictine, 3-1
NECC: Endicott d. Nichols, 3-1
SKY: St. Joseph's (L.I.) d. New Jersey City, 3-2
UVC: No. 15 St. John Fisher d. No. 6 New Paltz, 3-2

>> What's Next: The 16-team NCAA championship field will be announced live on at 10 a.m. EDT. Eleven spots are reserved for conference champions while five others will be revealed during the show.



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3. Two No-Hitters, One Week

Raiders Split Behind Another Lehn No Hitter

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) pitcher Kennedy Lehn tossed her second no-hitter of the week as the 17th ranked Raiders defeated No. 16 Concordia (Wis.), 1-0, in the nightcap of a twinbill. She allowed one free pass and hit a batter while striking out 12. 

Last Tuesday, Lehn fanned 18 batters as MSOE blanked Rockford, 6-0. The junior now has two of the program's nine no-nos.


4.  Women Leaders Institutes

Apply today for the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Advancement and the Leadership Enhancement Institute. The application deadline is April 22

The Institute for Advancement is the premier “level one” leadership development program for women in sport. An engaging faculty — including industry trailblazers, executives in women’s sports, and leaders representing all NCAA divisions — will prepare, empower and inspire participants to elevate their performance and advance within the industry. The Institute for Advancement will take place July 11-12 in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The Leadership Enhancement Institute is the premier “level two” leadership development program for women working in sports. Open to mid- to senior-level Women Leaders in College Sports members, LEI provides in-depth leadership training, career coaching and advanced professional development for women executives in sport. LEI will take place July 13-14 in Kansas City, Missouri.


5.  Lightning Round  High Voltage on Apple iOS 14.6

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  • Stevenson RHP Marissa Heuer tossed her second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 triumph vs. Messiah. She walked two and fanned five.
  • Hanover RHP Lily Beurman walked one and struck out 11 in a 6-0 no-hit effort vs. Manchester.
  • Castleton's Olivia Joy tossed a no-no in the Spartans' 1-0 win against Western Connecticut. She fanned eight and did not permit a free pass. 
  • Allison Luoma of UW-Superior pitched a no-hitter as the Yellowjackets blanked Finlandia, 5-0. She struck out 11 and walked three in her gem.
  • Mount Union's Alyssa Rose walked two and struck out seven in her no-hit performance vs. Otterbein.
  • In the game of the weekend, #3 RIT (10-1) edged #4 Union (10-1), 14-13. Marley Angus scored four times for the Tigers.
  • Why is the NESCAC the best league in DIII women's lacrosse? It's top-to-bottom depth was on display as Bates (3-7, 1-6) won its first league game with a 13-12 victory over No. 12 Hamilton. 
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    6.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    7.  And the Green Jacket Goes to ... 

    Easily, the wildest finish in all the years I've run a tournament like this. Calvin's Nancy Meyer wins the D3Playbook Masters Challenge with a six-stroke comeback on the final day to edge Neumann's Jonathan Logan and MIT's Ken Johnson.

    Meyer won the Challenge on the strength of Rory McIlroy's final round 64, powering her five-member team to a 25-under-par total of 1,127, two shots better than Logan and Johnson.

    All three top finishers picked Scottie Scheffler as the winner. Meyer rounded out her team with McIlroy, Justin ThomasDustin Johnson and Jon Rahm.

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