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The AAAS Agrees with Magness and Me

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New report on the state of the humanities:https://www.amacad.org/sites/default/files/media/document/2020-05/hds3_the_state_of_the_humanities_in_colleges_and_universities.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0lCu4KOkSq62KnkXdaOOaQtMBkxJN6affH61kgOctQZks7GsEJqzulHowIt concurs with what Phil and I say in Cracks and our other published work: 1. Adjuncts are not replacing full-time faculty.2. Full-time humanities employment is in fact growing rather than shrinking.3. Most humanities faculty are still tenure-track. Inside Higher Ed published a piece summarizing this, but the author immediately discounted the stuff on adjuncts because, well, it doesn’t fit the approved narrative. They asked, why is there such a gap between perception and reality when it comes to adjunctification? Here’s a partial

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New report on the state of the humanities:

https://www.amacad.org/sites/default/files/media/document/2020-05/hds3_the_state_of_the_humanities_in_colleges_and_universities.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0lCu4KOkSq62KnkXdaOOaQtMBkxJN6affH61kgOctQZks7GsEJqzulHow

It concurs with what Phil and I say in Cracks and our other published work:

1. Adjuncts are not replacing full-time faculty.
2. Full-time humanities employment is in fact growing rather than shrinking.
3. Most humanities faculty are still tenure-track.

Inside Higher Ed published a piece summarizing this, but the author immediately discounted the stuff on adjuncts because, well, it doesn’t fit the approved narrative. They asked, why is there such a gap between perception and reality when it comes to adjunctification? Here’s a partial answer: Because IHE and the Chronicle keep claiming that adjuncts are replacing full-timers and refuse to fact-check these (easily falsifiable) claims.

By the way, while you might think this is irrelevant to this blog, it’s not. Universities are the gatekeepers to the middle and upper-middle classes. They reinforce and sustain class structure in the US, Canada, and elsewhere. How they spend their money, and how those costs are passed onto students and others, are major social justice issues.


Jason Brennan
Jason Brennan (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, and by courtesy, Associate Professor of Philosophy, at Georgetown University, and formerly Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research, at Brown University. He specializes in political philosophy and applied ethics.

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