Adjunct Professor Joe Berry, who has taught at many institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently the University of California at Berkeley, is the central figure in the adjunct faculty pursuit of justice. His magnum opus, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education was the adjunct-contingent faculty equivalent of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It revealed the persecution, the fear, the marginalisation, the disrespect, the subsistence wage (or less) that the new majority of the university professoriate endure today. He was also the driving force behind the formation of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL). He attended a session where I presented a paper at the American Association of University Professors, Shared Governance Conference in Washington that led to his e-mailing me this statement of support for the St Xavier University teach-in on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
“Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Contingent Faculty”, by Berry, Stewart and Worthen, published by Chicago COCAL, 2008. Order from <www.chicagococal.org>
“Reclaiming the Ivory Tower:
Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education”. by Joe Berry, is out (2005)
from Monthly Review Press and North American Alliance for Fair Employment. Look
at <http://www.reclaimingtheivorytower.org> for full information, individual sales, bulk ordering discounts, or to invite me to speak at an event.