Higher Education’s Reliance on Adjuncts Has Consequences

In the Tampa Bay Times, Kym O’Sullivan speaks out about academia’s dirty little secret:

“Students are often clueless about the situation, believing all professors to be full time, but adjuncts are so disconnected from campus life that the classroom experience is diminished. For instance, we don’t have our own offices, so we must cart our supplies in rolling suitcases, making it easy to forget assignments or lose essays. We have no phone lines, so students must reach us via e-mail, which can be inefficient.

Furthermore, our time on campus is limited, making it difficult for students to locate us outside of the classroom. Full-time professors interact with their student body all day, every day, while adjuncts are available only a few hours a week.

The most trying issue for adjuncts, however, is the lack of decent compensation.”

69% of USC faculty work in temporary, non-tenured positions.

69%.

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