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Demographics of precarity in academic labour


Dr. Tamaro J. Green

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2021-05-09 22:43:33 viewed: 499


Research in contract labour of academic institutions may provide information on progress in diversity for leadership in education.  Petrina and Ross (2021) suggest demographic data of higher education leadership data reveal elite and everyday racism and recommend affirmative or equitable action.  Similar to precarity in business, demographic data may be difficult to obtain.  Newson and Polster (2019) present some of the challenges causative to precarity in academic labour to include a decrease in public funds, an increase in graduates seeking careers at universities, a distribution of faculty tasks to administration, and a reliance on publication for tenure tracks.  Accessing demographic and survey data may also prove challenging because of risks contract and part-time faculty make in their careers.  Newson and Polster (2019) discuss some of the effects on performance contract and part-time faculty may face in their efforts to become tenured full-time faculty.





Newson, J., & Polster, C. (2019). Restoring the holistic practice of academic work: A strategic response to precarity. Workplace, 32, 1-11.

Petrina, S., & Ross, E. W. (2021). Higher racism: The case of the University of British Columbia— on the wrong side of history but right side of optics. Workplace, 32, 12-25.



Dr. Tamaro Green is a computer science researcher and the founder of TJG Web Services.  TJG Web Services, LLC is a consulting firm in the field of information technology.  Dr. Green writes on topics of privacy, security, and ethics in information technology and computer science.

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