The Preliminary Program is now available
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the
EASTERN SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY
My Day Job: Politics and Pedagogy in Academia
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, March 17-20, 2016
For most of us, what we present at meetings like the ESS is our art, our life, our valued work. And what we do to pay the mortgage, put shoes on the kids, get the money to go to meetings like this, is teach. Some of us — more and more of us — are doing our teaching as piece work, course by course, and as in pre-union days, without any ‘benefits.’ As courses move online, for some that work –like old style garment industry piecework — is done in our homes, one corner of our living space used for production, providing our own supplies, laptops now rather than sewing machines. For others, luckier, teaching is done as a full time job with full benefits, from a solid college or university base, whether on-line, in person or both, doing our 10 community college courses a year, or our 6 or so undergraduate courses, or even just a lovely one or two doctoral courses, or whatever mix we’ve worked out for ourselves. But that teaching, our day job, most often slips under the radar when we meet as professional sociologists.