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Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers

Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers

Writing Instruction in the Managed University

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Edited by Marc Bousquet, Tony Scott, and Leo Parascondola. Foreword by Randy Martin


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Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Instruction in the Managed University exposes the poor working conditions of contingent composition faculty and explores practical alternatives to the unfair labor practices that are all too common on campuses today.

Editors Marc Bousquet, Tony Scott, and Leo Parascondola bring together diverse perspectives from pragmatism to historical materialism to provide a perceptive and engaging examination of the nature, extent, and economics of the managed labor problem in composition instruction—a field in which as much as ninety-three percent of all classes are taught by graduate students, adjuncts, and other “disposable” teachers. These instructors enjoy few benefits, meager wages, little or no participation in departmental governance, and none of the rewards and protections that encourage innovation and research. And it is from this disenfranchised position that literacy workers are expected to provide some of the core instruction in nearly everyone's higher education experience.

Twenty-six contributors explore a range of real-world solutions to managerial domination of the composition workplace, from traditional academic unionism to ensemble movement activism and the pragmatic rhetoric, accommodations, and resistances practiced by teachers in their daily lives.

Contributors are Leann Bertoncini, Marc Bousquet, Christopher Carter, Christopher Ferry, David Downing, Amanda Godley, Robin Truth Goodman, Bill Hendricks, Walter Jacobsohn, Ruth Kiefson, Paul Lauter, Donald Lazere, Eric Marshall, Randy Martin, Richard Ohmann, Leo Parascondola, Steve Parks, Gary Rhoades, Eileen Schell, Tony Scott, William Thelin, Jennifer Seibel Trainor, Donna Strickland, William Vaughn, Ray Watkins, and Katherine Wills.


The founding editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Marc Bousquet is an associate professor of English at the University of Louisville.

Tony Scott is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a member of the CCCC Committee on Contingent, Adjunct, and Part-Time Faculty.

CUNY doctoral candidate in English Leo Parascondola coordinates the Bridge to College program at CUNY on the Concourse and is a founding member of the CCCC Working Class Studies Special Interest Group.


Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers contributes to a more complete understanding of the problems facing composition faculty particularly and, by extension, all faculty in a managed university. As the authors remind us, faculty is labor, not management, a truth our profession must recognize in order to ensure economic justice.”—Deborah B. Normand, Chair of the CCCC Committee on Contingent, Adjunct, and Part-Time Faculty