Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doing much of the teaching but struggling financially, adjunct faculty joins unions

Kansas City Star
February 24th, 2015

Thirty years ago, Susie Sympson was sacking groceries when she decided that bagging a college education would be the way to make her life better.
Today she has a doctorate in clinical psychology and teaches three courses a semester at Johnson County Community College.
But her annual pay, $21,000, is just a few hundred dollars more than she was making at the grocery store, she said. She can’t afford to go out for lunch or fix her roof, and “I have zero for retirement.”
As an adjunct professor, Sympson, 59, belongs to a group some call “the hyper-educated poor” or “the day laborers of academia” — part-time instructors and other so-called contingent faculty who increasingly shoulder the teaching load at the nation’s universities and colleges.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article11054168.html#storylink=cpy

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