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Carrie La Seur

Carrie La Seur

Carrie La Seur is a Billings novelist and attorney, descended from 1860s Montana settlers and a long line of one room schoolhouse educators. @claseur

Derailed: A series about life off the tenure track

By: - March 20, 2022

The Daily Montanan and author Carrie La Seur produced a series of stories focusing on the Montana University System’s growing reliance on non-tenure, adjunct faculty — who often work for low wages, no benefits and no office. The trend of using adjunct faculty is a nationwide problem as public universities and colleges spend less and […]

Derailed: Pushing back against the adjunct system

By: - March 10, 2022

Around the U.S., tenure is under fire by anti-intellectual forces who consider higher education a politicized operation, oppose public education ideologically, want to squeeze the last dollar out of public institutions for private enrichment, or all of the above. The rise of exploited adjuncts threatens the tenure system itself. Professional organizations are sounding alarms. “Tenure […]

Derailed: How students are impacted by adjunct faculty

By: - March 9, 2022

Bess Lovec, a former dance adjunct at Montana State University-Billings, echoed the common adjunct refrain of appreciation for her “incredible, hungry, eager, positive, hard-working” students, paired with frustrations in her underpaid, term by term teaching role. Although adjuncts were teaching half the classes in her department, she was never invited to a faculty meeting. She […]

Derailed: No protection, limited benefits. Adjunct faculty describe working conditions

By: - March 8, 2022

“You almost have to be convicted of a felony to be thrown out of a tenured job, but I can be fired at a moment’s notice over anything,” said an adjunct who teaches full-time in the sciences with a master’s degree, taking year-to-year contracts in the Montana University System with no job security but basic […]

Derailed: Life Off the Tenure Track even more difficult for women, people of color

By: - March 7, 2022

In 2018, Dr. Thea K. Hunter, 62, a Columbia University history Ph.D. and longtime member of Madeleine L’Engle’s Manhattan writers’ group, died from conditions related to overwork and lack of health care, according to an article in The Atlantic. Described by colleagues as a “brilliant scholar” and “beautiful writer,” she had resigned two years into […]

Derailed: Life Off the Tenure Track

By: - March 6, 2022

Melissa Holmes left Butte in the dark, no later than 7 a.m., to crawl along wintery roads if necessary and still be on time to teach computer science classes seventy miles away at Helena College, a community college in the public Montana University System. As a lecturer, she had no office, so she’d nap in […]