The Expendable Workforce: Adjunct Faculty In Higher Education
As college students wrap up their fall semester, there is an expectation their professors are tenured. But three out of four faculty today aren’t eligible for tenure. And many are adjuncts, part-time faculty without strong benefits or job security.
What’s the human cost to this model of education? We find out and we want to hear from you.
- Adam Harris - Staff writer covering education at The Atlantic; he’s also currently writing a book about racial inequality in higher education (@AdamHSays)
- Colleen Flaherty - Faculty correspondent for Inside Higher Ed; she has covered adjuncts extensively (@ColleenFlahert1)
- MJ Moriarty - Adjunct faculty member who teaches creativity and communication at three local colleges: University of Hartford, Manchester Community College, and CCSU
- Warren Towler - Adjunct Professor at Capital Community College in Hartford, he teaches Economics and First Year Experience, but has also taught American Government and African American History
- Erin Bartram - Former adjunct. In 2018, she wrote a piece about her decision to leave adjunct work and academia that was widely shared. She is the co-founder and editor of Contingent Magazine, and is co-editing the Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia book series for University of Kansas Press (@erin_bartram)
Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on September 19, 2019.