Inside Higher Ed
May 11th, 2015
2015 is my 25th year of adjunct teaching. In the fall I will teach my
500th three-credit college course. I have put in many 14- to 16-hour
days, with many 70- to 80-hour weeks. My record is 27 courses in one
year, although I could not do that now.
I want to share my thoughts on adjunct teaching. I write anonymously
to not jeopardize my precarious positions. How typical is my situation?
Some adjuncts have full-time nonteaching jobs that provide economic
security and health insurance. Other adjuncts have spouses or partners
providing financial support and benefits. I have tried to survive just