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A few words

What to say in the aftermath of this piece. In his mid-40s, John had worked as a casual university tutor since finishing his PhD in philosophy 15 years ago. Passed over a few times for tenured jobs, he was a long-term member of the academic reserve army, the members of which perform around half of … 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

Session’s over (Part 1: now what?)

At the end of session we’re suffering from marking fatigue, and for the lucky ones, getting ready for that “nice little trip away” during the break. But alas, the time has now come for Round Two of the 2014 Tutor Hunger Games—to begin our ritual of humiliation all over again in hopes of finding work next … Continue reading

Getting Back to Class

There is a rich discussion happening about the segregation of casual academics in universities, a practice that treats casual staff as a less valuable, and perhaps less capable, underclass of academic workers. Rebecca Schuman succinctly articulated the some of the isolating sentiments experienced by casual academics in her recent post “Careful, He Might Think He … Continue reading

No time to be complacent about replacement

(Note: Many Australian universities are turning to the EOI (Expression of Interest) process as a way of introducing the principles of competitive recruitment to the continuous appointment of long-term casuals. EOI processes signal that the sector is acknowledging its dependency on casual teachers, and reflect the greater attention being paid to casualisation as a QA … Continue reading

Why I’m Here (Annalise)

I am here because my passion, yes, love, and concern for how higher education is done is still alive!  Somehow.  I am  here because I want the reality of being ‘a casual’ to be known much more widely.  I am also here because this is a great initiative that may achieve good things. I studied … Continue reading

Why I’m Here (Karina)

I’m Karina, I’m a geographer, and I’ve been a sessional-casual academic (lecturer, tutor, unit convenor, academic developer, project officer, project manager, research assistant, postgraduate student, research officer) for nine years. I’m up to job contract number 22. That’s a lot of time sheets. I’ve worked as such in the sciences, arts and humanities, education, social … Continue reading