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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Adjuncting Benefits

The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting story on September 30, 2010 called the Ultimate Power Hobby. It is basically about why adjuncts, well adjunct. Interestingly, the article focuses on a New York atty who teaches one night a week at the Univ. of Penn. Law School.  The article describes adjuncting is part as follows:

Generally, adjuncts fall into one of two classes: The so-called professional or practitioner adjunct brings the experience of a successful career and isn't in it for the money. Academic adjuncts, many of whom have doctorates, teach in hopes of landing a tenure-track job, and for most of them the salary and lack of benefits are a hardship. Reliance on adjuncts is increasing. In 2007, part-time teachers made up 50% of faculty at degree-granting institutions, according to the association of professors, up from 41% in 1995.

A university has much to gain from well-chosen professional adjuncts, including cachet and credibility. And adjuncts also form a potential donor pool. Like many schools, the University of Michigan Law School has a number of donors on its adjunct faculty roster, says Todd Baily, the law school's assistant dean for development and alumni relations. The development office may pass a donor's resume to the dean and faculty members who vet applicants, or fund-raisers may approach professional adjuncts about donations. Adjuncts "get to know an institution from a different perspective and are invested in it," says Mr. Baily. "It's one resource for us, but it's not our primary resource."

Individuals interested in adjuncting may find this article of particular interest.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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