ERIC Number: ED447530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
The Invisible Professor At-Risk: How Departmental Disconfirmation Disempower Adjunct Faculty.
Burk, Nanci M.
The exploitation of adjunct faculty is a disgrace to the academy. The prominence and indispensability of part-time faculty is obvious, yet they are rarely acknowledged or compensated for their mandatory contributions to higher education. This paper seeks to explicate how adjunct faculty are at risk and disempowered by a lack of respect (disconfirmation) from their own departments, by "institutional neglect," and by a lack of representation. The paper relates one educator's personal experiences as an adjunct faculty member in communication. She received no support at all, even minimal secretarial support, and felt completely alienated from her departmental colleagues and staff. The educator felt that her students were disadvantaged because of the lack of departmental identity and support for her. The paper lists some suggestions that administrators should consider which would improve the lot of adjunct faculty, and which would, additionally, assist in developing a stronger educational foundation for institutions. Contains 27 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (86th, Seattle, WA, November 9-12, 2000).