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An Open Letter From Your Adjunct Professor

Cameron Conaway | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Cameron Conaway

Thank you for your willingness to be vulnerable, to enter into the deep waters of your being for the sake of illuminating yourself and, in turn, our team. Thank you for wading through challenging but important conversations on race relations, restorative justice and institutionalized inequality.

Adjuncts Participate In National Day Of Action

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 04.16.2015 | College

Low-wage workers in cities from New York City to Los Angeles participated in national day of protest Wednesday to draw attention to their fight for a ...

Here's What the Fight for $15 Strikers Have in Common With You

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Mary Kay Henry

More than 200 cities will see strikes today. Tens of thousands of people will join in and express their support. They are people like you.

Faculty vs. Staff: The Cage Match From Which No One Emerges Victorious

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 05.06.2015 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

I'm all for creating a sense of urgency to inspire meaningful change. And certainly there is crucial work to be done to address adjunct pay inequities. But to do it in such a way that further deepens an already-felt divide between faculty and staff/administrators seems to be counterproductive.

Why Adjuncts Walked Out Of Their Classrooms

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.25.2015 | College

As more institutions look to cut costs by hiring adjunct professors in lieu of those on a tenured track, the part-time instructors have started demand...

'Free' Does Not Mean 'Valuable': Why Free Community College Needs Strings Attached

Carol J. Carter | Posted 03.29.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

We applaud President Barack Obama's many steps toward educational and career access for all Americans. We believe that for the free community college initiative to deliver needed results, we need clarity on the problems facing community colleges, strong accountability measures, and solutions to drive student success, not simply access.

Adjuncts Are Underpaid, And This Group Wants To Help Cover Their Bills

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 01.23.2015 | College

Brianne Bolin received an unexpected phone call after she was featured in an Elle magazine story. In December, Elle published an article about Boli...

The Rise of the Hyper Educated Poor

Julia Meszaros | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Julia Meszaros

Throughout the United States, children are told that the key to financial success is higher education and college. The assumption is that the more education you have, the more successful you will be.

Dr. Adjunct or: How I Learned to Stop Suffering and Love Collective Bargaining

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Tracy Strauss

If university administrators continue to cling to Wall Street principles of financial greed, then faculty unions are essential for the survival of teaching and citizenship. We must work together, in solidarity, to get back to the substantive heart of higher education.

Survey Finds Continued Lack of Institutional Support for Part-Time Faculty

Kevin Eagan | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Kevin Eagan

As the ranks of individuals employed in part-time academic appointments have grown, many part-time faculty lack the support of the colleges and universities where they work. A new report highlights that many part-timers even lack institutional email accounts.

How Professors Help Community College Students Transfer

Isa Adney | Posted 09.14.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Around 75 percent of community college students who enroll in a community college report that their primary goal is to transfer and ultimately earn a bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, according to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement fewer than half of those students currently reach that goal.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Make the Transition to Teaching Art at the College Level?

Clara Lieu | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Today, saying you want to be a full-time art professor is basically like saying you want to be an A-list movie star.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. Students comprise another university constituency that is faring poorly.

The War Against Poets and Adjuncts: Is Obamacare Enough?

Julie Sokolow | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Julie Sokolow

How can creatives who freelance, wait tables, and piece together stressful hodgepodge livings achieve security?

Inequality on Campus

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries. But most faculty do not.

An Adjunct Story: Our Economy Is Eating Higher Education

David Loncle | Posted 04.23.2014 | College
David Loncle

If we don't change the paradigm soon, the scales for those picking up the rocks will outweigh those trying to put out the fires.

What Do Professors, Walmart and Pig Nutrition Have in Common? The Faculty Strike at University of Illinois at Chicago

Lennard Davis | Posted 04.21.2014 | Chicago
Lennard Davis

A strike of unionized faculty at the University of Illinois is currently underway. It is the first major strike at a top-tier research institution since the 1990s, and it has come to be called "the Walmartization" of the university system.

Does She Work Hard for the Money?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Kate Blanchard

An adjunct instructor at my institution who teaches five courses, earns an annual total of $17,700 ($3,540 per course). If she teaches 15 hours per we...

A Moral Dilemma for Academia: Dignity for Adjuncts

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Robert Fuller

What began as part-time teaching to meet a temporary need or plug a gap in the curriculum has evolved into systemic institutional injustice. The extent of the exploitation of adjuncts is inconsistent with both academic and American values.

How I Escaped From Academia (and How You Can Too)

Warren Hoffman | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Warren Hoffman

I still remember my first interview for a non-academic job about 10 years ago, shortly after receiving my PhD in American and Jewish literature. 'Don't you want to teach? You seem rather overqualified for this position.'

Report Highlights Plight Of Adjunct Instructors

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 01.24.2014 | College

WASHINGTON -- It's time for Congress to pay attention to the abuse of adjunct faculty members, and the way their poor working conditions impact not on...

The Economy of Scale, or the Indianapolis Colts and Academia

Timothy Braun | Posted 03.05.2014 | College
Timothy Braun

Professional football and academia go hand-in-hand. A university, although often seen as a pillar of educational fortitude, is, like professional football, a business mostly concerned with winning money and the reputation game.

9 Reasons Why Being An Adjunct Faculty Member Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.11.2013 | College

It's hard out there for an adjunct. Adjunct faculty, also known as part-time or contingent instructors, are increasingly joining unions in an effor...

Growing Number Of Adjunct Faculty Are Banding Together

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.01.2013 | College

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of part-time college professors are joining labor unions, a growing trend in higher education that's boost...

Silence of Lambs: Adjuncts in Academia

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Khanh Ho

This week, I learned some distressing news -- news that has become all too common in these beleaguered economic times. One of my friends had not been paid for the last two months of labor.