We have lived lives of being unappreciated part-time faculty members and we support the American Association of University Professors and their want to bring adjunct faculty up to a higher level of respect and standing in universities:
48 percent of American faculty serve in part-time appointments, and
non-tenure-track positions of all types account for 68 percent of
faculty appointments. Year after year, the problem gets worse as more
and more faculty jobs are part time or non-tenure track. Faculty
holding these appointments are often poorly compensated–receiving low
wages and few, if any, fringe benefits. Without job security and
academic freedom protections, they are subject to administrative whim.
Students suffer when the majority of faculty are inadequately supported
by their institutions.
At some major universities —
like New York University — adjunct faculty members teach 70% of the
undergraduate courses. That sort of hard working part-timer needs the
equal financial support of their university as well as the respect of
their full-time and tenured teaching colleagues.
believe if you know your work you will win your wants — and that is
why we have great confidence that adjunct faculty members will one day
reap the full benefits of their dedication and hard work.