Her research shows that adjuncts
, on average, earn just under $3,000 per course.
say that opposition contradicts the colleges affiliation with the United Church of Christ, which is guided by "core values of open engagement and social justice.
may treasure the challenge and reward of turning students on to accounting, while others may be disappointed and quickly conclude the experience is not as rewarding as expected.
In addition to low pay, adjuncts
have limited job security, since their contracts may only extend the length of one semester.
The chair of the accounting department usually schedules classes and hires adjuncts
for accounting courses.
While the issue of reliance on low-paid adjuncts
to deliver increasingly expensive college-level instruction has made national news, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education doesn't keep statistics on how many adjuncts
each school employs or how much they are paid.
do not necessarily want to be involved in additional requirements that are not related to teaching.
Fittingly, it is the Service Employees International Union, whose ranks include janitors, maids, fast-food workers and others at the payroll bottom, that is currently attempting to organize adjuncts
into a collective power to gain economic equity.
Higher education institutions can search for all types of adjuncts
by region, field or discipline, degree, degree-granting institution, availability, certifications, salary requirements and pedagogy.
Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers (USW) is delighted by the unanimous decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to deny Duquesne University s appeal opposing the adjunct
faculty s right to organize a union.
She discovered that adjuncts
participating in the study were generally committed to their teaching, brought practical and relevant experience to the classroom, and were characterized by department chairs as having a strong desire to perform well.
The effective use of adjuncts
provides universities with flexibility to staff courses according to variations in student enrollment, but to ensure quality of instruction, it is incumbent upon universities to provide adjuncts
with a well-organized and reliable infrastructure, clearly identified performance expectations, consistent assessment methods, and effective communication, support, and training (Adams & Dority, 2005).
Last month, adjuncts
at Tufts became the latest to join the 2.
Creating a positive experience for adjunct
faculty from the start by providing the tools and the support necessary for instructional effectiveness, and by welcoming them to best practice sharing communities, play a key role in familiarizing adjuncts
with institutional initiatives.
The author concludes that by attending to the professional needs of adjuncts
and heightening awareness around the challenge of contingency labor in teaching, universities and departments can tap into the deep reservoirs of knowledge and experience adjuncts
bring to their teaching and build positive futures for basic writing professionals while working for institutional change.