Living and working in the Sydney, Australia suburbs.
Karina has written 21 posts for CASA

Dear Casual Academics

Further to this post, a plea from casual academics to casual academics –  to start change in concrete ways. Re: Setting limits to exploitation and the plight of casual academics in Australia Casualisation is one of the most acute problems in Australian tertiary education. As conditions for casual staff continue to deteriorate, it is important for … Continue reading

Who am I?

1. I work at a university. I have a PhD. I do research. In my field, related to my field, things I am directly interested in, and things related to things I am interested in. I write. Reviews, publications, notes. Journal papers, research reports, grant, award and ethics applications. Progress reports. I read. I have … Continue reading

Dear Lecturers

In time for the start of semester across Australian universities, we have an open letter from a new contributor with some practical advice for supporting casual tutors. Dear Lecturers in the Australian tertiary system, I am a casual tutor, who has worked in four universities in New South Wales since 2009. I am writing to share my experience and to … Continue reading

Casual Friday: a #securework chat

Between 1998 and 2006, the number of PhDs awarded in the OECD countries increased by some 40%, prompting discussion of PhD bubbles, academic inflation, diminution in quality and concerns that an expensively educated group would not find suitable careers and displace others in posts that traditionally did not require a PhD  Job security for early … Continue reading

CASA news 11/15

Welcome to the CASA news roundup on issues affecting casual, adjunct, sessional and other precariously positioned university workers, in Australia and internationally. What’s been happening in Australia Casualisation went from saving the sector to crippling the sector in one fell swoop with  University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor Professor Warren Bebbington pointing to all the money that can be saved … Continue reading

CASA news 10/15

Welcome to the CASA news for issues affecting casual, adjunct, and sessional university staff in Australia and internationally. What’s been happening here The recent Federal Budget did nothing much to break the holding patterns within the Australian university sector regarding deregulation of fees, research funding, or official acknowledgement of casualisation across the sector. In short, … Continue reading

Prelude to a ‘career conversation’

Last Tuesday I fell into a hole. Not one of the existential holes I’ve been finding myself in lately, wondering about career, work, family and whether my brain has reached peak information, but an actual physical hole.  It was a steel-lined, steel-pinned, local government-owned, no-warning-sign hole, in the middle of the path, leading up to the … Continue reading

Bonus update

Following last week’s CASA news, we were delighted to receive thoughtful and speedy correspondence from Jane Maze (Campaign and Communication Officer) and Stephen Darwin (ACT Division Secretary) of the NTEU ACT Division, on the proposed bonus to be paid to University of Canberra full time and part-time staff—excluding senior executive and casual/sessional staff. We had … Continue reading

Join us for an international #AdjunctChat

Just a quick heads up that we (@KateMfD and @Acahacker) will be co-facilitating an international #AdjunctChat on Twitter tomorrow (Wednesday 21 May) at 7AM (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Amongst other things, we’ll be talking strategies and opportunities for networking with CASA colleagues and allies around the world. Helping us get our heads around the possibilities  – @JeffreyKeefer (US), @UCUAnti_Cas (UK), @CAPAWca (Canada), @unicasual (Australia) … Continue reading

The research precariat (Tseen Khoo)

Dr Tseen Khoo is based at La Trobe University and co-runs the Research Whisperer blog. Did you know that about 85% of research staff in Australian universities are employed on fixed-term contracts? Professor Glenda Strachan and Dr Kaye Broadbent (both from Griffith University) wrote to The Australian Higher Education section recently (“Short contracts undermine research … Continue reading