Adjunct Professors Unite: Labor Rights On College Campuses

Adjunct Professors Unite: Labor Rights On College Campuses

As universities increasingly rely on part-time teaching staff, many of those adjuncts are organizing for better pay and benefits.

Colleges and universities increasingly rely on part-time and non-tenure track faculty, who now teach half or more of all classes on many campuses. Many adjunct faculty complain of low salaries and little respect, including those who have been teaching full time for years. Some adjuncts are turning to labor unions to negotiate better pay and benefits, including adjuncts at George Washington University and American University. We explore the issues.

Guests

Peter Schmidt

Senior Writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Kip Lornell

Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies and Music, George Washington University; Vice President for Higher Education, Service Employees International Union Local 500

Maria Maisto

President, New Faculty Majority; Adjunct Faculty, English Department, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio.

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