June 23rd, 2015
A recent post by an adjunct instructor at several Pittsburgh-area colleges and universities made us sit up and take notice.
She pointed out that a Starbucks outlet was going to be opening soon at one of the campuses where she teaches. They were looking for applicants to work at the new store, and the jobs at Starbucks, the instructor noted, offered better pay per hour than what she was making standing in front of a classroom, and also came with health care coverage – something she has never received as an adjunct instructor.
It was starting to seem that maybe she should apply for one of the Starbucks jobs – introduce her students to American literature in the morning, serve them a pumpkin spice latte in the afternoon.