ERIC Number: ED422033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
On the Ethics of Employing Adjunct Faculty.
Seibert, Charles H.
At many higher education institutions, there is increasing reliance on the services of part-time, instead of full-time, faculty. This article presents critical information on the ethics of employing these adjunct faculty, a trend that is especially prominent in community colleges. The paper's introduction discusses adjunct wages, working conditions, hiring agreements, and benefits. Section 2 presents ethical objections to the use of adjuncts, with subsections that set the stage for more specific arguments, coached in economic terms, against the policy of adjunct employment. Section 3 suggests a limited use of adjuncts that might be acceptable, and section 4 considers other issues concerning the use of adjuncts, such as cost implications, effects of eliminating adjuncts on the tuition structure, effects of heavy reliance upon adjuncts, and the governance implications of a large adjunct teaching force. (AS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A