I'm going nuts waiting for summer/fall assignments. Better departments made assignments a month ago, worse departments will keep stringing us along until after graduation. Seriously. I have tried to feel around and been totally ignored so I fished around that I might quit and take a pharmaceutical job, which got an IMMEDIATE, but useless response of "But as of now, you're available, right?" I guess the urgency depends on whether it is the adjunct or the chair who will be inconvenienced.
But as bad as I thought I had it, nothing beats this conversation overheard in the lunch room between... let's anonymize this shit... A Transylvanian professor of Hamster Weaving, and her department chair.
TpoHW: But I told HR I needed to know by April 1st 2014 when I started here 3 semesters back and they said this wouldn't be a problem.
Chair of HW: Well these things take time.
Chair: We have procedure we have to follow.
TpoHW: What are they?
Chair: It could take a couple more weeks.
TpoHW: I know your deadline is in a couple of weeks, but the faculty contract stipulates that these cases be expedited. I reconfirmed this with HR at the beginning of the term and they said they notified you and it wouldn't be a problem.
Chair: I know, it will be soon. It just takes time because of the procedures.
TpoHW: What are the procedures?
Chair: My class is starting, e-mail me and I will get back to you. [attempts to run away]
TpoHW: Tuesday morning I'm getting kicked out of the country because you won't verify I can work here over the summer. What procedure gets you to make the damned assignments and how long does it take compared to the procedure for finding my replacement 10 weeks into the semester?
Chair: I don't think your tone is necessary.
TpoHW: [Something in Transylvanian that ostensibly means "fuck yourself"]
-- Wombat of the Copier