Fighting to be Different in the Academy

  • Tony Van der Meer University of Massachusetts Boston
Keywords: higher education, activism, workplace activism, academic freedom


My entry into the academy was different than many of my colleagues who enter as tenure track faculty, or with dreams of the tenure-track. Like a growing number of faculty, I came to the university as an adjunct. I was not quite aware of what the particular differences between tenure track and non-tenure track even were before I began teaching. Being naïve taught me a lot about reality in the academic world. It also exposed the tensions and politics of being an academic and an activist.


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