"Working on multiple campuses, juggling curricula, and often having to find additional ways to pay the bills — all are reflections of the low pay and high workload that adjuncts bear. Too often, the results are stress and exhaustion. Teacher-student relationships cannot help faltering under that burden."
The plight of non-tenured professors is widely known, but what about the impact they have on the students they’re hired to instruct?
"People who want to teach in the humanities at the college level must accept the fact that they will probably not get a tenure-track position — not right away, at least, and maybe not ever. 'Picking up a couple classes' as an adjunct can quickly become a way of life, with all that that life entails: low pay, no benefits, lack of job security. You might get lucky and land a tenure-track job but, statistically, you probably won’t, and your odds are only slightly better (if that) at a community college than at a four-year institution."
"When I got to graduate school and began investigating post-graduate work, I finally learned what it meant to be an adjunct, and what such positions entailed. When it occurred to me that this was the job Harvey had, I was embarrassed by my naïveté, and angry that the school had never spelled this out for me, had never made it clear that so much of the work that Harvey did for his students was essentially uncompensated."
After a strike and nearly two years of negotiations, the NTT faculty union has ratified a contract with the university for higher wages and other benefits.
The pitch wasn’t exactly straightforward, but to some faculty members at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the meaning was clear enough: Their university was trying to hire unpaid adjuncts.
How the humanities survive on exploitation.