When Opportunity Knocks Now, It’s the Opportunity to Be Exploited

To the Editor:

While reading “Is That Whining Adjunct Someone We Want Teaching Our Young?” (The Chronicle, August 25) it was clear to me before even reaching the point where Ms. Stukel spoke of her 30 years as a full-time instructor that she was not a recently graduated academic like myself and many of the adjuncts currently fighting for better wages, benefits, and job security. She has been out of touch with the job market for three decades, and five years is enough time for the job market to c…

‘I Am Not Alone in Wanting the Respect I Deserve. That’s Not Whining.’

To the Editor:

I am one of the whiny adjuncts Catherine Stukel spoke about in her letter to the editor (“Is That Whining Adjunct Someone We Want Teaching Our Young?” The Chronicle, August 25). I am one of the adjuncts Ms. Stukel believes doesn’t understand compromise or hard life choices. I am one of the adjuncts Ms. Stukel believes contributes to a culture of entitlement with today’s youth. I am one of the adjuncts that Ms. Stukel says needs “to put on her big-girl panties.”

Let me tell you a l…

‘We Each Must Accept the Consequences of Our Speech’

To the Editor:

Steven G. Salaita, in my opinion, possesses the “passionate intensity” of a sophomoric, pompous, know-nothing, pontificating buffoon who seemingly incites controversy solely to buttress his inflated self-image. I also believe, without having met him, that he suffers from bad breath and dandruff. I suspect that he’s never served in the military, never played organized football, and was, in his youth, regarded as a twit, a twerp, and a nerd (“U. of Illinois Feels Backlash From Schol…

Is That Whining Adjunct Someone We Want Teaching Our Young?

To the Editor:

I cannot comprehend why any adjunct professor complains with such entitlement about their inability to get a full-time teaching position; but then again, we do live in a new world where every child is special, everyone gets a trophy, and everyone thinks they are privileged.

It’s bad enough that society has raised a bunch of entitled young adults who claim to be victimized when they can’t find a full-time job. Now our adjunct professors are spinning such garbage with such drama. …

Universities Should Pledge to Avoid Bottled Water

To the Editor:

Universities around the country (especially public universities) should adopt a “No Bottled Water” policy. Recent events in Toledo, Ohio, have created a buzz about the safety of tap water and the potential public-health crisis when things go wrong. Despite being just a stone’s throw away from the largest freshwater system in the world, Toledo’s water supply became contaminated with toxins that led to half a million residents’ receiving “do not drink” orders. Stories of unsafe …

Grossmont’s Part-Time Faculty Created Criteria for Adjunct Ranks

To the Editor:

I was quoted in “What’s in a Title? Adjuncts by Another Name May Face the Same Realities” (The Chronicle, August 11).

Unfortunately, your reporter did not fully disclose the facts about Grossmont College’s academic-rank policy. First, the Academic Senate instituted adjunct ranks at the request of the Senate’s Part Time Faculty Committee. The part-time faculty themselves hammered out the criteria for assistant, associate, and professor levels. Second, the full-time faculty at Gross…

Unaccredited Colleges Are Part of Credit-Transfer Problem

To the Editor:

I think the discussion about transferring credits should include colleges that are not accredited (“When Students Transfer, Credits May Not Follow,” The Chronicle, August 20). This had an impact on me when I started out 40-plus years ago, and continues to have an impact on many students who don’t understand the importance of taking classes at an accredited school. At the moment, I work in education and have for about 20 years. I know students who used all their financial-aid money…

Are Courses Outdated? If So, What Else on Campus Might Be?

To the Editor:

Are courses outdated? The whole idea of what constitutes a “tertiary education” should be up for review (“Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead,” The Chronicle, August 5). The question should be asked about its purpose, and about its utility, and of course the inevitable questions about investment and return (in the context, naturally, of the “Pilgrimage to Arrakis” factor—that going on a pilgrimage to a center of learning opens doors that might not have…

A Response to William Deresiewicz’s ‘The Miseducation of America’

To the Editor:

William Deresiewicz’s recent “The Miseducation of America” (The Chronicle Review, July 4), is a fervent reaction to a sympathetic portrayal of anti-establishment ideas showcased in Ivory Tower, a documentary putting the college cost-benefit equation squarely at the center of public debate. I was surprised at the lack of insight, integrity, and good journalism of Mr. Deresiewicz’s piece. Rather than crafting a substantive argument in support of the current higher-education model,…

‘Dynamic Relation Between Faith and Reason’ Is Not to Be Ignored

To the Editor:

Peter Conn’s Point of View essay “The Great Accreditation Farce” (The Chronicle, June 30) argues for denying accreditation to religious schools like Wheaton College because such schools have faith statements which deny the primacy of reason.

But there is another side to this faith-reason discussion that Mr. Conn misses altogether:

1. Many of our best universities would not even exist if it were not for religious faith.

2. The original idea of a uni-versity is an idea that assumes…