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Academic Societies Called a Powerful Engine of Change

Wednesday, November 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Joy Connolly, President of the American Council of Learned Societies, makes a strong case for the importance of participating in academic societies as a means of effecting change in American higher education, in a November 5 letter to the editor in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The letter, "The Value of Academic Societies," responds to a post by Herb Childress in The Chronicle Review, “What Tenured Faculty Could Do, If They Cared About Adjuncts,” in which he offers “concrete steps [faculty] can and should take to improve the current situation of adjuncts and to advocate for more tenure-line jobs."

While Connolly agrees with many of his suggestions, she critiques Childress's advice that suggests faculty should lower the number of institutional memberships that they are involved with, arguing instead for the value of learned societies as unique spaces for connections, inspiration, and conversations that provide tangible and intangible benefits for adjunct faculty, tenured faculty, institutions, and the state of education and learning.

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