Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University / Edition 3

Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University / Edition 3

by Marc Bousquet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809325446

ISBN-13: 9780809325443

Pub. Date: 11/15/2003

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University exposes the poor working conditions of contingent composition faculty and explores practical alternatives to the unfair labor practices that are all too common on campuses today.

          

Editors Marc Bousquet,

Overview

Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University exposes the poor working conditions of contingent composition faculty and explores practical alternatives to the unfair labor practices that are all too common on campuses today.

          

Editors Marc Bousquet, Tony Scott, and Leo Parascondola bring together diverse perspectives from pragmatism to historical materialism to provide a perceptive and engaging examination of the nature, extent, and economics of the managed labor problem in composition instruction—a field in which as much as ninety-three percent  of all classes are taught by graduate students, adjuncts, and other “disposable” teachers. These instructors enjoy few benefits, meager wages, little or no participation in departmental governance, and none of the rewards and protections that encourage innovation and research. And it is from this disenfranchised position that literacy workers are expected to provide some of the core instruction in nearly everyone's higher education experience.

            

Twenty-six contributors explore a range of real-world solutions to managerial domination of the composition workplace, from traditional academic unionism to ensemble movement activism and the pragmatic rhetoric, accommodations, and resistances practiced by teachers in their daily lives. 

Contributors are Leann Bertoncini, Marc Bousquet, Christopher Carter, Christopher Ferry, David Downing, Amanda Godley, Robin Truth Goodman, Bill Hendricks, Walter Jacobsohn, Ruth Kiefson, Paul Lauter, Donald Lazere, Eric Marshall, Randy Martin, Richard Ohmann, Leo Parascondola, Steve Parks, Gary Rhoades, Eileen Schell, Tony Scott, William Thelin, Jennifer Seibel Trainor, Donna Strickland, William Vaughn, Ray Watkins, and Katherine Wills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809325443
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Introduction: Does a "Good Job Market in Composition" Help Composition Labor?1
Part 1Disciplinarity and Capitalist Ideology
1.Composition as Management Science11
2.Citizenship and Literacy Work: Thoughts Without a Conclusion36
3.The Managerial Unconscious of Composition Studies46
4.Global Capitalism, Scientific Management, and Disciplinary English57
5.From Adelphi to Enron--and Back72
Part 2Putting Labor First
6.Making a Place for Labor: Composition and Unions83
7.Toward a New Labor Movement in Higher Education: Contingent Labor and Organizing for Change100
8.Teaching Writing in a Managed Environment111
9.The Role of Writing Programs in Labor Relations122
10.When Critical Pedagogy Becomes Bad Teaching: Blunders in Adjunct Review132
11.The Politics and Economics of the Super-Exploitation of Adjuncts143
Part 3Critiques of Managerialism
12.Managing Labor and Literacy in the Future of Composition Studies153
13.I Was an Adjunct Administrator165
14.Embracing the Logic of the Marketplace: New Rhetorics for the Old Problem of Labor in Composition171
15.Bureaucratic Essentialism and the Corporatization of Composition186
16.Composition and the Future of Contingency: Labor and Identity in Composition193
17.The Lure of "Easy" Psychic Income201
Part 4Pedagogy and Possibility
18."Write-to-Earn": College Writing and Management Discourse209
19.The Future of English Departments: Cultural Capital and Professional Writing220
20.The Righting of Writing231
21.Knowledge Work, Teaching Work, and Doing Composition242
22.Composition, Culture Studies, and Critical Pedagogy in the Managed University250
Afterword: Educating for Literacy, Working for Dignity256
Works Cited273
Contributors287
Index293

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