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ERIC Number: EJ1001353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-20
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Adjunct Carousel: Part-Time Instructors Scramble to Patch Together Jobs, Provide Quality Education
Washington, Adrienne Terrell
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n23 p34-35 Dec 2012
Documentary filmmaker and writer Linda Janakos describes the life of adjunct professors as "Teachers on Wheels." She teaches at various schools in California where adjuncts are also called "Freeway Flyers." The author calls this life the "Adjunct-a-go-round." They are anything but part-time, but they fall under what is known as "contingency labor," contract workers paid far less than their full-time faculty colleagues for doing the same work with fewer resources. Each term, they cross their fingers, hoping their classes will draw the requisite magic enrollment number to avoid cancellation. At the end of each semester, they compete for those coveted few classes proposed for the next session. This forces most of them to teach at two, three, sometimes four schools, either online, on-ground or both to patch together a livable wage. Aptly named "Caste and Classes: Contingent Academic Labor Confronting Inequalities in Higher Education," the conference of pro-union participants, academics and activists linked the movement to unionize part-time workers to larger societal issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia; Virginia