25 Telling Facts About Adjunct Faculty Today
Posted on Monday September 17, 2012
While it was once common for nearly all college professors to be tenure-track, full-time employees, these days a growing number are adjuncts: part-time employees who are hired on a contractual basis. In the past, these part-timers helped the university expand their course offerings or shared their own expertise in their field with students, but at many schools today, adjuncts teach more courses in certain departments than the full-time professors on staff. The growth in adjunct faculty has largely been driven by economic reasons, as universities look to cut costs by hiring faculty they can pay less and don’t have to offer benefits, rather than seeking out more full-time professors. This may save schools money, but many are beginning to believe that it’s a pretty poor deal in the long run, both for students who may not get the attention they need and the overworked and underpaid adjuncts.