The Adjunct Verses (Collection/Performance/Multimedia)
Calling all contingent faculty and allies. . . .
Project Title: THE ADJUNCT VERSES
Producer: Robert Craig Baum and N1Theatre
Where: White River Junction, VT | Manhattan | Philadelphia | Phoenix | Los Angeles | Minneapolis | Chicago and other towns/cities to be announced.
Logline: A collection of inspiring and horrifying tales from the front lines of America's dying higher education system presented/performed/broadcast between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2013.
Director: Robert Craig Baum
(c) Robert Craig Baum 2013 (2/15/13)
"The time is now; the struggle continues." — August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright (1945-2005)
How to participate:
1) write Dr. Robert Craig Baum (rcbatp[aaaaaat]gmail[dahhhht]com) or on Facebook in a private message
2) submit a brief (125-250wd) biography
2) describe (250-350wds) a single moment in your adjunct experience that stands out as epitomizing everything that's wrong with the current higher education system.
3) write briefly (250-350wds) about a single moment that leaves you feeling hopeful about the future of higher education, student futures, the state of your profession. (PS — I no longer have any hope is a very real answer, too.)
4) discuss briefly (125-250wds) what you struggle with the most: money, CV, family, spiritual, physical, and other stresses.
5) Where do you see yourself in six months? (125wds or less)
Word count is merely a guide. For the sake of my fatigued eyes, do your best to follow my suggested ranges/limits.
Proposals that are not selected for performance or publication will be listed on "We the Adjuncts" website. Future performances can selecte from any and all texts submitted and listed on the website. In other words, I hope you and your colleagues will create your own event using the source materials we will provide using the interviewing methods perfected by people like Anna Devere Smith, Robbie McCauley, and others.
1) Authorship will be listed as "We the Adjuncts."
2) All proceeds (after costs to RCB and N1 are covered) will go to fund a digital hub called "We the Adjuncts" (e.g., financial resources, Adjunct Project inspired networking and archivization, and job/opportunity bulletin board).
3) All published or performed monologues will list in a footnote (program or monograph) the name of the interviewee, the dates of interview, and anything the team wishes to mention about the specific conditions under which the interview was conducted and other personal shout-outs: mentors, friends, students, publishers, institutions, etc.
4) This is unlike other edited or collective works. My goal is to serve as facilitator/witness during the interview process. I will file documents that identify the collaborators. But, royalties and proceeds will be pooled to benefit those on the front lines: participants, colleagues, etc. (Ownership documentation will be forwarded at a later date.)
5) Authors who wish to perform their words are more than welcome to contact RCB after receiving notice regarding their status in the project as live performance (to be published) or web text (to be an evolving hypertext).
To my friends, family, readers, colleagues, students — it's time to act.
We can no longer just talk at conferences. We can no longer publish our stories in national newspapers that only sort-of-maybe-we-don't-want-to-ruffle-any-feathers want to cover our stories. Like the people who came before us, people who battled under even worse conditions, we are going to have to take back our classrooms.
No more asking.
No more meetings.
No more permission to be granted or denied.
Our collective talent, our credentials, our experience, our resiliency, our ability to make the best out of a bad situation–we are the ones who can turn around the colleges and universities and in turn teach the nation what we already know in our small corners of the American adjunct experience:
>Collaboration strengthens individuals and communities
>Assessment-driven activities can dispel doubt and turn anxiety into action
>Adjuncting teaches survival as well as life skills that match the needs of students
>Action, not tentativeness, can break the spell of uncertainty and non-normal living
> [insert your own bullet point here]
Many blessings from the Green Mountain State,
Migrant Intellectual (RCB/Robert)
The Adjunct Formerly Known as Dr. Robert Craig Baum