The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 18th, 2015
We live in a time of "adjunct plight"
essays. This isn’t one of them. True, I am an adjunct, and I have much
plight, but rather than be blamed for whining by you full-timers, let me
scare you instead. I am an adjunct, and I’m making it much harder for
full-timers to get a job, to get tenure, or to retain meaningful control
over academic affairs.
Let’s be clear: I am a shill, a scab. I am the cheap, easy, powerless
trump card that administrators can play against full-timers every
single time in every single conflict. And I am legion.
The faculty will always be in retreat so long as the vast majority of
teachers are held powerless. Adjuncts are too great a temptation, too
convenient a solution for a budget-minded administrator. We’re too
inexpensive, too controllable, too dispensable a resource to ignore.
Full-timers should be involved in helping adjuncts, not out of charity
or guilt, but out of direct self-interest.