More and more universities and colleges are employing adjunct instructors in numbers that are troubling for those who are concerned about students, the institutions where they work, and the future of education in the United States. The instructors are poorly paid, have few benefits, constantly hustle from institution to institution, and true to do their best to deliver excellent learning under exceptionally difficult circumstances.
For those interested in this subject, and even for those who don’t, I would like to call your attention to an on-line analysis, “Labor of Love or Cheap Labor? The Plight of Adjunct Professors.” It is available here. I was pointed toward this study by Celine James, one of the authors. My thanks to her for contacting me about it. Check out the report.