Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Adjunct professor: This is why part-time professors are walking out today

Washington Post
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.
Adjunct 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.
But they’re an entrenched part of the system. The trend of hiring adjuncts has grown. They now comprise over half of instructors in higher education.

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