Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adjunct faculty in a neoliberal age: The power of critical stories
by Hensley, Brandon O., Ph.D., Illinois State University, 2016, 138; 10129881
Abstract (Summary)

In this dissertation, I examine issues of disposability and systemic subordination regarding adjunct faculty in U.S. colleges, questioning the role neoliberalism plays in ongoing exploitative and inequitable faculty employment practices. I critically explore the rising disparity in contingent faculty treatment when compared to the compensation and medical benefits of tenure-line professors and administrators. Utilizing an autoethnographic research method, I advance critical storytelling as a powerful way to augment various public audiences’ understanding of part-time faculty members’ struggles and the brutal working conditions they are expected to accept without objection. Last, I envision ways to move forward in hopes of turning the tide of faculty dehumanization toward greater faculty inclusion, equitable compensation, and voice for those who have been exploited and subordinated as adjuncts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Renn , Dianne C.
Commitee: Hartlep, Nicholas D., Hatt, Beth, Nur-Awaleh, Mohamed
School: Illinois State University
Department: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Higher education, Education philosophy
Keywords: Adjunct faculty, Autoethnography, Critical storytelling, Critical/cultural studies, Faculty governance, Higher education
Publication Number: 10129881
ISBN: 9781339877457
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