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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 07:28 PM

Homeless professor protests conditions of adjuncts

BY SIMONE PATHE
Mary-Faith Cerasoli is an adjunct professor of Spanish and Italian. She has a master’s degree from Middlebury College. She’s also homeless.

The 53-year-old staged a one-woman protest Friday afternoon in front of the New York State Department of Education to bring attention to what she calls the “abusive job” of being an adjunct professor.

As the Making Sen$e series “Adjunctivitis” chronicled, adjuncts, who make up half of all college and university faculties, often drive hundreds of miles a week in between teaching gigs for an average pay of $2,000 to $3,000 per course. Medical insurance and benefits are luxuries unavailable to most of them.

That’s a problem for Cerasoli. She suffers from what she says is a life-threatening thyroid disease that has dug her financial hole ever deeper, adding unpaid medical bills to her student loans.

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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/homeless-professor-protests-conditions-adjuncts/

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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:11 PM

1. kick. $22K is not enough to live in NY. Glad she had friends that let her crash at their place

 

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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:35 PM

2. k&r

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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:52 PM

3. Universities are just following the corporate model.

Universities are big business.

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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 10:10 PM

4. I used to have a silly notion that it would be cool to teach a couple university courses

Being an engineer with quite a bit of experience I've always had a silly idea that one day I might like to teach a couple of college courses in my specialty to pass along some of what I've learned. Then I found out what a friend of mine makes who's an Adjunct Professor.... changed my mind real fast. It's a damned sad joke what they get paid for all the work that they have to do.

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