On the issue of tenure I’m neutral; it has pluses and minuses. But really it’s moot, because there’s no chance of this issue arising among the adjuncts, the majority. I witnessed tenure-track hiring in action: “But he doesn’t have a book.” “He has a book but it didn’t win a prize.” “He has a book and it won a prize but his book didn’t cite my research.” “He has a book and it won a prize and cited my research but one of our goals is to diversify our faculty.” It all finally came down to skin color, even the skin shade, sometimes the shape; it really did.
While universities thus continue to occupy themselves, while their universe shrinks to a star system, adjuncts -- let's call ourselves "faculty" -- feed those hungry to learn. It’s one reason adjuncts are hired; universities need someone to serve their students. We might not be the stars. It’s even been said we’re like shadows. Yet we shadows cast the majority of light.