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
Today she has a doctorate in clinical psychology and teaches three courses a semester at Johnson County Community College.
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.”
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.