Join us on Saturday, April 20th at 6:00 p.m. as Herb Childress reads and discusses his book The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission. The Adjunct Underclass reveals the conflicting values, strangled resources, and competing goals that have fundamentally changed our idea of what college should be. This book is a call to arms for anyone who believes that strong colleges are vital to society.
“A biting monograph–some of it research-laden, some of it personal–about how universities are undermining both student learning and the lives of temporary teachers. . . . At the base of the author’s anger is hypocrisy: While university administrators and their funders claim to value the transformative power of higher education, they treat countless part-time faculty like expendable employees. Though the book is clearly an outlet for his own anger, Childress also seeks to inform families of college-age children what they will encounter in classrooms. An informative screed on a depressing trend that continues apace.”
Herb Childress is a partner at Teleidoscope Group, LLC, an ethnography-based consulting firm. Until 2013, he was dean of research and assessment at the Boston Architectural College, and prior to that, he was a Mellon Lecturing Fellow and associate director of the University Writing Program at Duke University. He is the author of Landscapes of Betrayal, Landscapes of Joy: Curtisville in the Lives of Its Teenagers and The PhDictionary: A Glossary of Things You Don’t Know (but Should) about Doctoral and Faculty Life.