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Written/UnwrittenDiversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure$
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Patricia A. Matthew

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627717

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.001.0001

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Contingent Diversity, Contingent Faculty

Contingent Diversity, Contingent Faculty

Or, Musings of a Lowly Adjunct

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(p.178) Contingent Diversity, Contingent Faculty
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Written/Unwritten
Author(s):

Wilson Santos

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.003.0011

In this Wilson Santos, a relative newcomer to the academy, discusses how he came to understand the exploitative nature of contingent faculty. Santos' narrative is more about class than race, though his writing and teaching reflect his experiences as a man of color. Folded into Santos' stories are the experiences of two other adjunct faculty. Doctoral Candidate X, a queer Black woman, who talks about how the intersection of class and sexuality shape her choices as she considers whether or not to continue her academic career, while Dionne Bensonsmith discusses how she has fashioned a scholarly community for herself so that she can forward her research agenda even though she doesn't have the resources enjoyed by tenure-track and tenured faculty. One thing this essay shows is how important research is lost when faculty most cobble together academic careers.

Keywords:   Contingent faculty, Adjunct faculty, Queer faculty, Socio-economic obstacles, Doctoral students and diversity

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