The University of Eastern Washington Denies the Truth about Rachel Dolezal

Note to Readers: On June 15 late in the day, Eastern Washington University scrubbed most references to Rachel Dolezal from the website, starting with the faculty bio I write about below. My observations, written before the material was deleted, pertain to the now-deleted entry about Miss Dolezal on the Africana Studies webpage. The link to […]

More Angst from the Adjuncts: Mary-Faith Cerasoli is Hungry

A long time ago I was an adjunct faculty member. For a while I had classes on three different campuses, none in proximity to the others.  My classes had 30 or more students. I taught English composition mostly, so there were always papers to read and comment on. A lot of them. Weekly. I worked […]

Institutionalized Incompetence, Tenure’s Dirty Little Secret

A recently released study, “When Tenure Protects the Incompetent: Results from a Survey of Department Chairs,” by John Rothgeb, professor of political science at Ohio’s Miami University, announced the startling news that tenure, as it is practiced at many U.S. colleges and universities, protects incompetent faculty from suffering the consequences of their incompetence.  It is, […]

The Compelling Life Story of Margaret Mary Vojtko

Margaret Mary Vojtko died this month, alone, collapsing outside on her lawn, at age 83. She suffered from cancer, although a heart attack took her life. She was beloved aunt of six nieces and nephews. She was–or had been up until this summer–an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University, a Catholic institution in Pittsburgh. For […]

Hey, Professor, Can Ya Spare a Job?

A blogger for Inside Higher Education has written a sad tale of her year-long quest for a tenure-track position in a college or university English department.  Needless to say–at least to those familiar with the hiring situation for faculty wannabes–hers was a fruitless search. She did not get a single job offer, and, she says, […]

Atque Inter Silvas Academi Quaerere Verum

We all know that adjunct faculty are the field hands in the groves of academe.  Higher education’s once dirty little secret is now just a dirty employment practice that sacrifices the needs of the hardest working teachers to satisfy the insatiable wants of their tenured overlords. And now, thanks to the “Affordable” Care Act, the […]

And I Alone Beweep My Outcast State: An Annotated Discourse from Faculty Whiner Bruce B. Henderson

Now that summer is nearly upon us, faculty members near and far pause to contemplate the profession they claim to hold so dear.  Predictably (and luckily for CMM!) their contemplations are far from contemplative; they are indignant, noisy, and whiny. Listen as Western Carolina University Professor of Psychology Bruce B. Henderson, writing in the June […]

Should the Nanny State Intervene to Fix Commencement?

Remember the “African proverb,” “it takes a village to raise a child,” Hillary Clinton borrowed for a book title? One would think this month that the village wise men and women would be out in force to congratulate the children they have nurtured with their tutelage. One would think. But one would be wrong. My […]