February 25th, 2015
I have been a temp for 20 years.
I began teaching as an
adjunct in 1995 at Brooklyn College (part of the City University of New
York). I had enrolled in an MFA program there, and hiring adjuncts was
CUNY’s form of financial aid to graduate students.
instructors, in case you are unaware, are part-time instructors in
colleges and universities. (Trust academia to give a fancy name to a
temp.) Adjuncts are paid by the course and hired by the semester.
they’re an entrenched part of the system. The trend of hiring adjuncts
has grown. They now comprise over half of instructors in higher