While I believe fervently that all Americans should have access to affordable health care, as president of Ivy Tech Community College I have severe reservations with the Affordable Care Act's definition of full time employment.
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.
Adjuncts are now almost 75 percent of all teachers in higher education, over half of whom are part-time. They remain the "untouchables" of our education caste system. College presidents and administrators seem to be looking the other way.