There’s a question that has preoccupied Third Degree over the past couple of years: How can students ever finish their ...
Budget approval for my sessional teaching did not take place until the first week of teaching started. The contract was then slow in being made up. Then, as a result of poor communication, I was not told to pick it up from the office (or where, in fact to pick it up from). It is coming up to week 6 and still no payment as a result of these delays. I will get 3 pays at once and masses of tax taken out. I like the teaching, but, really is it worth it?
Well it's that time of year again when we go cap in hand to beg for work. I feel like Oliver asking - "please Sir, can I have some more ?". If we are rewarded with some casual tutoring work for semester then begins the arduous task of ensuring contracts are signed in time (if they are prepared at all, they are only usually available a few days before you start teaching) and organising access to rooms. This year, my school has no available keys for the cramped casual tutors room - they ran out! So, again, when I want to use the tutors room, which is shared usually by around 10 others, I get to go cap in hand again, and ask to use the room. Imagine if that was a permanent staff member!
And that's respect for you!
Researcher Robyn May delivered this paper to the 2011 annual conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).
Using previously ...
Using previously unreleased data from the industry superannuation fund, Unisuper, Robyn shows that the twin pressures of an ageing workforce, and a government push to have 40% of 25-34 year olds with a degree by 2025, requires a fresh approach to the empl
I want to thank the NTEU for lobbying the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at Sydney University in order to achieve better pay rates for casual tutors. This semester I will be paid for half an hour each essay that I mark. As an experienced tutor, this is wonderful situation to finally find myself in. I always provided extensive feedback to my students on their essays, knowing that much of my time spent in doing so would, effectively, be free labor. It is a delight to sit down with an essay, provide the detailed feedback that I have always provided - but this time, know that my work is valued. Thanks so much,
The 2010 Semester 2 issue of Connect, NTEU's magazine for Casual and Sessional Academics, is now available.
Casual and Sessional Academic members will receive their copies in the mail shortly.