Wednesday, May 6, 2015

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Inside Higher Ed
May 6th, 2015

The idea that most adjunct instructors have day jobs and teach one or two courses per semester to make a little extra cash or fulfill a desire for service, or both, has been pretty thoroughly debunked. But a new study published in The Journal of Higher Education offers the most up-to-date data on just how many part-time instructors want a full-time teaching job and can’t find one: some 73 percent.
Perhaps even more noteworthy is the finding that underemployment isn’t adjuncts’ leading cause of job dissatisfaction. Rather, it’s their perceived lack of respect from full-time faculty colleagues and administrators. And while making adjuncts feel like a genuine, essential part of the academic enterprise won’t be easy, the study argues, it’s also not that hard. Little things, such as offering teaching awards or professional development opportunities, go a long way, and they need to become more commonplace.

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