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Professional Translation of the Core Service Relationship in Higher Education

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A Paradigm Shift This is the sketch of a single dimension ofan alternative means of providing higher education and research, distinct from the reigning rubric of institutions (universities or colleges), governments and unions.
This triad of functionaries has enjoyed monopoly tenure since inception.  Absent an alternative paradigm its modern universities and colleges have become curious cultural fixtures routinely mistaken for the civic enterprise they are meant to serve.
The proposed alternative is the professions.  This competitive service paradigm exposes and either compensates or corrects for existing systemic deficiencies.  In doing so it does not advocate modification but a shift.

A Day in the Professional Society of Academics

This is a sketch of an alternative means of providing higher education, offered in the style now common to faculty activism.  It paints the picture of “a day in the life” of an academic who no longer earns a living under the existing triad model of institutional service providers (universities and colleges), substantial public funding and union labour representation.

This professional academic is not an adjunct nor tenured nor tracked.  As a licensed member in good standing she provides her expert, hard-earned services under the protection and direction of a profession formed as a legislated social contract and charged with the stewardship of higher education – as an attorney or physician is related to their valued services and society.
The higher education system she labours in and collectively participates in the stewardship of is the consequence of a paradigm shift and so triad assumptions do not apply…
Monday morning, the professional model has long ago supplanted the current institu…

A Letter to American Academics

Dear Fellow Academics,
I am a Canadian, presently residing in our capital.  For over a decade I have been a “part-timer,” an “adjunct professor.”  I am writing to the majority of American faculty, lecturers, and instructors who find themselves in similar employment circumstances.  This is not to say that the minority might not also find my correspondence of interest.