February 25th, 2015
New Jersey college students may arrive at class today and find their
professors packing up their bags and skipping class in the first-ever
"National Adjunct Walkout Day."
The loosely-organized national protest is designed to highlight the
plight of part-time professors and lecturers on college campuses.
Organizers have been using social media sites, including Facebook and Tumblr, to urge adjunct professors to participate in the walkout.
Adjuncts are typically hired to teach one or more courses per
semester. Compared to full-time professors, they earn low pay and have
little job security. But they now make up the majority of teachers on
college campuses nationwide, according to a survey released last year by
the American Association of University Professors.