Thursday, January 26, 2006
In academia, professors who are not on the tenure track or tenured are often referred to as "contingent faculty." In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the use of contingent faculty at universities across the United States, and a related decline in the number of tenure-track positions. The legal writing field is one of the few in which the number of tenure-track jobs is gradually increasing, as the field becomes more professionalized. (Whether "professionalized" is a real word I'll leave to you word hounds.)
The Association of American University Professors (AAUP) has long been an avid supporter of tenure and the academic freedom it allows. Legal writing professors who are in contract-term or adjunct positions, and their colleagues, might not be aware that more recently the AAUP has stepped up its support of contingent faculty, too. AAUP co-sponsors an annual Campus Equity Week and participates in the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, which is hosts its own annual conference.
(For more information, click on the links above, which a kind reader showed me how to create.) (spl)