I’ve lived the life of an adjunct and it’s not fun. The use of adjuncts and full-time temporary faculty (which is what I am) continues to grow as universities and colleges try to save money in the face of ever diminishing public funds. You spent a lot of time and money to get a PhD believing that you’ll make a decent living, but that reality seems to be a thing of the past for most of us! Please watch this brief overview of the reality facing adjunct faculty. This situation isn’t good for anyone!
As part of Campus Equity Week, Brave New Films has released this terrific short film about the very real poverty of many faculty in contingent positions:
Contains some illuminating stats comparing presidential salaries to adjunct wages, and personal stories from adjuncts–mostly women, which reflects the reality that contingent labor issues are also women’s issues. It’s definitely worth watching and sharing this week as we focus on the working conditions of what’s now the majority of faculty.