Monday, August 1, 2011
Hello Adjunct, Meet Prof Cozy is a July 22, 2011 Wall Street Journal Online article which is actually a book review of The Faculty Lounges By Naomi Schaefer Riley. The review summarizes what we have been highlighting for some time. Adjuncts are grossly underpaid to the point of being abused at many universities. Some colleges employ 70% of their faculty as adjuncts. As the article states:
To free up tenured professors for research, she observes, much of the teaching at universities is delegated to graduate assistants and "adjunct" faculty who are ill paid and ill treated. An adjunct instructor teaching six courses may earn less than $20,000 a year; an adjunct teaching only three credits short of a full-time position may have to pay more than 20% of his salary to join the university's least expensive health-care program. One administrator noted that "Wal-Mart is a more honest employer of part-time employees than are most colleges and universities" and admitted that adjunct teachers are a "highly educated working poor." Meanwhile, tenured professors at many universities, often with shockingly light teaching loads, enjoy six-figure salaries, summers of freedom and sabbatical years that are, again, unduplicated in the rest of the economy.
Hat Tip: Neil Dudich, Esq.