December 17, 2013 |
Jennie Shanker committed to teaching two classes in sculpture at a Philadelphia college for the spring 2012 semester. She turned down other teaching offers to keep that commitment. One week before the semester began, the college abruptly canceled one of the classes because it was one student shy of its enrollment target. "That was half my income," said Shanker, who earns $3,000 to $5,000 per three-credit course. Such is the plight of an adjunct professor. Adjuncts work without benefits or job security, often for little pay and with no stable career path, though providing a substantial portion of the higher education workforce.
September 10, 2013 |
Each fall, a transition almost imperceptible to students occurs at South Jersey community colleges - a handful of the vast adjunct teaching staff begin to stride the halls as full-time faculty. For those promoted, it can be an adjustment both exciting and stressful. "It seems like not only do you have the stuff that technically you're responsible for, but people have far higher expectations now," Joseph D'Argenio, 38, said Friday, the end of his first week as an instructor of history, geography, and political science at Gloucester County College after several years as an adjunct teaching the same subjects.
November 14, 2012 |
They're not quite a union - not yet, and maybe not ever, but the adjunct faculty at St. Joseph's University are beginning to act like one. They have formed a group, held meetings with the university administration, and managed to win a pay raise along with a handful of professional perks important to academics. "We've made a lot of noise, and we are in the process of making a lot of noise, and I'm making a lot of noise myself," said Caroline Meline, an instructor in the philosophy department who earns $3,780 per three-credit course.
November 11, 2012
Pennsylvania higher education officials took a contentious pay cut off the table in contract talks with state university faculty Friday, but the union said it intended to press ahead with strike-authorization votes next week. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the sides remain at odds on issues including compensation for temporary instructors, health-care benefits, and online education. During talks Friday in Harrisburg, negotiators for the State System of Higher Education withdrew a proposal for a 35 percent salary cut for temporary, or adjunct, faculty.
August 5, 2011 |
An adjunct mathematics professor died Wednesday after he reportedly dived off the second tier of a rotunda to the ground floor of a building at Chestnut Hill College in front of students and staff, a college source said Thursday. A statement on the college's website identified the professor as Rudolf Alexandrov and described his death as the result of a fall, but did not elaborate. Philadelphia police confirmed that there had been a suicide at the college, but declined to release any further information.
March 22, 2011
Three things are clear after a meeting yesterday between Father Jim St. George and officials of Chestnut Hill College, which had fired the former adjunct professor for being gay. He will not be reinstated at the college, there will be no legal action on his part and both sides agree it's time to move on. "I am pleased to announce that I have reached an amicable resolution with Chestnut Hill College that will end this controversy," St. George said...
March 8, 2011
I have been following the essentially biased coverage of Chestnut Hill College's alleged firing of Father James St. George with keen interest ("College calls priest's ouster 'sensationalized,'" Saturday). I have been an adjunct professor of business communications at the college for 11 years - and this fall my granddaughter will enroll in the college as a full-time student. Is Chestnut Hill College the kind of place I want her to go? Absolutely and without reservation. I am proud of the college and prouder still of the wonderful leadership there.
January 30, 2011 |
Should teaching college be a full-time, high-paid job? Or is it so easy that we should let the market maintain today's low prices for casual professorial labor? Alexander Kudera says he spent 10 years shuttling on the Broad Street subway and the subway-surface trolley, between Drexel and Temple , teaching four or five writing classes a term. Kudera, with his master's degree, was paid the way thousands of faculty gypsies are these days: as an "adjunct" professor, on a per-class basis.
June 11, 2010 |
While still a teaching assistant at Temple University, Amy Weigand knew one thing: She was not interested in being an adjunct professor, a position she equated with low pay and little security. In fact, she promised herself she would organize a union if that turned out to be her fate. Nine years later, as luck would have it, she is an adjunct, as nontenure-track, part-time college instructors are known. True to her pledge, she is knee-deep in the effort to convince other adjuncts that they should be represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP)