I never intended for this blog to cover academic employment and nothing else, but when people keep publishing stuff like this how can I help it?:
In this time of job insecurity, the question may have occurred to you: Should you consider part-time teaching as a way to improve your finances and expand your career opportunities?
Becoming a teacher can be rigorous and time-consuming, but at the college level, part-time teaching is a realistic option for some professionals. Postsecondary schools are often willing to be flexible about academic credentials in return for real-world expertise
Historiann (where I found this link) applies the proper amount of sarcasm, so I’ll opt for historical perspective. This is one of my favorite quote from my dissertation, because it’s still so useful today:
“When labor is plentiful, men do a great deal more work; at least 30 per cent more by my estimate. When wages are high and men are scarce, they do not do the work. The reason is this (I am not blaming the men for it; it is human nature): when labor is plentiful, a man is zealous to keep his job. When labor is very scarce, and you can not get other men, the man will be a great deal less attentive to his duties. That is my experience, and it is that of every employer of labor I think.”
That’s Andrew Carnegie testifying before Congress in 1910. His emphasis on human nature suggests that employers don’t need to meet and plot ways to flood the market for labor. They instinctively know that having a huge surplus of workers available benefits them in both the short and long run.
It also helps when the New York Times is willing to do your bidding while acting as if its doing the future victims of an exploitative labor market an extraordinary favor.