ERIC Number: EJ1065315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Seeking the Path to Adjunct Justice at Marquette University
Maguire, Daniel C.
Thought & Action, p47-55 Fall 2008
This article presents the outcomes from a case at Marquette University (USA), brought by seven Ph.D. adjuncts who had completed their doctoral programs and were currently teaching part-time as they sought full-time positions elsewhere. The case identified a disparity that is happening at many U.S. colleges and universities that increasing rely upon faculty who are neither tenured nor on the tenure track to shoulder instructional responsibilities. Known as contingent, adjunct, or non-tenure track (NTT) faculty, this group with few exceptions, work without benefits or insurance, and their pay ranges from merely inadequate to embarrassingly low. As a Jesuit university, it was felt that there should be an attempt to craft a solution based on moral and ethical precedents from the university's religious tradition. A resolution was reached that in part noted… "Given the multiple handicaps of NTTs, their condition and their lack of effective academic freedom and just compensation violate institutional commitments." The author suggests that if progress is made at Marquette, it could--and probably would--influence the other 27 Jesuit colleges and could influence the broader academic community where this problem of mistreatment and overuse of NTTs is pandemic. It would be an example of moral and academic leadership worthy of the Jesuit educational tradition with its stress on social justice and on being a voice for those who have no voice.
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Doctoral Degrees, Part Time Faculty, College Faculty, Nontenured Faculty, Teaching Conditions, Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Ethics
National Education Association. 1201 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-833-4000; Fax: 202-822-7974; Web site: http://www.nea.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A