Joy Connolly's letter in Chronicle of Higher Education on the value of academic societies

November 18, 2019

The Value of Academic Societies


To the Editor:


Herb Childress advises faculty on concrete steps they can and should take to improve the current situation of adjuncts and to advocate for more tenure-line jobs (“What Tenured Faculty Could Do, If They Cared About Adjuncts,” The Chronicle Review, October 28). Several of his recommendations are spot on. Faculty must stay in contact with their doctoral students after the Ph.D. — not only for statistics’ sake but for the human reason that these students have devoted five or more years of their lives to learning, usually in the hope of joining their teachers’ ranks. Whatever path they pursue, they have won a place in the academic community and deserve attention and respect.

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