Sep 142011

Adjunct labor at Bluegrass

I am shocked to find out that the adjunct instructors are paid so little (“Open Letter to KCTCS president Michael McCall,” July 13). Most of the instructors I have had are adjuncts, and without exception they have been hard working and very dedicated to their students. I certainly hope this helps KCTCS to recognize that they need these instructors and that they deserve to be fairly compensated.

Lora Botner, online

War on homeless

I am a member of the much-hated homeless population in Lexington. Continue reading »

Jul 132011

On the occasion of a 3% raise for faculty and staff

Dr. McCall:

First of all, I’d like to thank you and the Board of Regents for the recent approval of a 3 % salary increase for FT regular faculty and staff “’who earn the Fully Met Job Requirements (M)’ rating in the 2010-11 KCTCS perforance evaluation system (or at least the “Achieves (A)” rating in the 2010-11 evaluation process piloted in 2010-11.” The recognition of hard work and sacrifice is deeply appreciated.

My appreciation, however,  is tempered by my disappointment that there was no similar financial reward for the adjunct instructors who are responsible for providing at least 60%, if not more, of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) course offerings. Continue reading »

Apr 272011

By Christian L. Pyle

Recently I was walking through the Humanities Division office suite at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) where I’ve worked as an adjunct English instructor for fourteen years, and I noticed a list of Humanities Division birthdays posted on a filing cabinet.  My birthday wasn’t on it.  That’s not just an oversight; the list also did not include over eighty other adjuncts in the division, some of whom have worked there longer than me.  While this may seem a trivial slight, such subtle reminders that adjuncts are not really members of the departments they serve are regular signposts in the current academic workplace. Continue reading »