AstroDime is occasionally asked to do arts based qualitative analysis. The work below was for a questionnaire an outside investigator sent to adjunct faculty to one private North American college in 2014,  initially to assess the adjunct faculty needs at that institution. AstroDime noticed the survey was mostly quantitative in nature, and advised the outside investigator who was doing this survey to add an “essay response” in one of their sections. They don’t usually do that because it’s hard for them to analyze. But they took a chance with this.

We used a qualitative coding method called “in-vivo” coding to analyze the response. From that we made a poem. AstroDime recommends poetic inquiry as one means of analyzing these texts. The result of the analysis carries the evocative (Leavy 2008) qualities of QABR (or qualitative arts based research) into the public and outside the ivory tower.

The prompt question we used to code from was this:
What is your primary motivation for supporting a union at [name of university not posted here for confidentiality]

here’s the process and poem below.


After 10 years I remain a non-entity.
I do a lot of unpaid work in this position.

Nobody has ever set foot in my class to observe my teaching.

I think that adjunct like all faculty deserve a living wage and respect for what we deliver.

I want to be treated like something other than a person to discard and replace at the whim of deans and administration.

I think the exploitation is unconscionable and must be stopped.

I am tired of being treated as an interchangable part.

We are treated like servants.

We are not just cheap labor.

We are training teachers, not babysitters!

We are permanent, not just additional positions.

I would simply like an ounce of security implied in the position despite the fact that I am only an adjunct.

I want pay for teaching.

I want to sense more inclusion and respect from the full time faculty.

I want to be treated as a knowledgeable and respected colleague.

I want inclusion in the community.

I want a greater voice in my department.

I want to see that generations of professors after me are treated with respect and justice.

I do not want to be invisible.

Compiled and coded by AstroDime Transit Authority
DATA POEM TITLE: Discard and Replace
Source: Private College in North America. Third Party questionnaire surveys to adjunct faculty. 115 questionnaires received by the date of the coding process.
Coding Category: “Respect for Adjuncts”
Coding Strategy: We highlighted phrases which to me resonated with the ideas of respect for the teaching profession.
Technical Stuff: Another party uploaded all the data from the survey into SaturateApp ( AstroDime created the codes. There are many more codes, more nuts and bolts, but from a poetic perspective, this turned out to be the most compelling to draw out for us. We are not including raw data out of respect and privacy of the participants.


support/on campus
support/professional development

Course models
models/face to face

respect for adjuncts
Intellectual property
job security

compensation/supplies for class
compensation/health insurance