Inside Higher Ed
July 11th, 2014
Summer means lean times – leaner than usual – for many adjuncts, as
fewer courses offered means fewer available sections. So adjuncts at
Northern New Mexico College who say they were shorted by a third on
their last two paychecks say they’re not only angry but have been thrown
into an unexpected financial bind.
Adjuncts also say it’s symptomatic of larger, ongoing problems between the college’s faculty and administration.
“No one would have signed a contract if they’d known – it takes an
hour for most of us to commute there,” said Miranda Merklein, a former
adjunct instructor of English at Northern New Mexico who has stopped
teaching there due to the shorted paychecks. “There are adjuncts taking
out payday loans and barely surviving.”