Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sweatshops in Academia?

From Marusya Bociurkiw in Now magazine, an article on the growing trend toward sessional faculty in many universities, and the lack of renumeration, respect, and chances for career advancement for those that do the bulk of actual teaching at a university.

Because what the sleek, sexy new buildings at Ryerson and U of T don't reveal is that your average Canadian university has become a bit of a sweatshop. The professor many students see behind the lectern has six to eight years of professional training, has written books and published in peer journals – and has no hope of a teaching career.

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