The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 5th, 2015
Although nearly three-fourths of part-time college instructors said
in a survey that they would rather be working full time, their chief
source of job dissatisfaction was not their underemployment but a
perceived lack of respect from their full-time colleagues and
administrators, according to a new study.
The study, published this month in The Journal of Higher Education,
found that adjuncts who involuntarily work only part time feel less
satisfied in their jobs, and less respected by faculty members and
administrators, than do adjuncts who deliberately seek part-time
When the researchers used statistical analyses to examine what
factors contributed to adjunct instructors’ job satisfaction, they found
that perceptions of being disrespected in the workplace appeared to
leave such instructors less likely to be satisfied in other areas.
Although those who involuntarily worked only part time were actually
significantly more likely than voluntary part-timers to have access to
offices and campus-provided computers, their perceptions that they
received less respect appeared to make them more sensitive about the
adequacy of such elements of their working conditions.