The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 15th, 2015
Last fall an adjunct professor, who wishes to remain anonymous, created a Facebook page
titled "National Adjunct Walkout Day" and posted the following: "On
February 25, 2015, adjuncts across the country will come together to
insist on fair wages and better working conditions."
Since 2000, various faculty and union groups have participated in Campus Equity Week
to increase awareness of the inequities faced by contingent faculty
members. But this call for a walkout is a different strategy that has
attracted interest across the country—and rightly so, because though the
approach may be new, the problem is not.
In the 1970s, colleges and universities, mimicking corporate America,
embarked on a policy whereby students would be taught by a huge cadre
of faculty members teaching off the more lucrative and secure tenure
track, largely earning low pay, few or no benefits, and no job security.
These contingent faculty members now account for about 75 percent of
the professoriate, surpassing one million in number.