Academic leaders have long relied on adjuncts
as an essential part of the higher ed workforce.
Elmhurst College spokeswoman Desiree Chen, however, said the college never filed to seek a religious exemption because adjuncts
withdrew their petition to the labor relations board before a hearing scheduled for Nov.
faculty positions are a good way for professionals to begin a career in academia.
The unionization efforts of adjuncts
will help aid this trend because as adjuncts
become more expensive, to the extent that the unionization is successful, the institutions will begin to think more about the notion of the benefits of full-time instructional faculty who are not on tenure tracks, rather than adjuncts
," Ehrenberg concluded.
This is most effective when a school regularly hires a large number of adjuncts
or is located in less-populated areas with few qualified local professionals.
The Arkansas State University System, however, does track adjuncts
and had data available for its four community colleges and its flagship university at Jonesboro.
Look to adjuncts
to share their classroom innovations.
Compared with adjuncts
whose sole income is from teaching at three, four or five schools, we hobbyists are in the minority.
faculty in Duquesne s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts handily won a union election, with 85% voting in favor of the union over two years ago in July 2012.
As a result, some adjuncts
may enter the profession underprepared for their assignment.
teach according to a semester-by-semester contract; some have their primary employment responsibilities tied to another employer; and some string multiple adjunct
or temporary positions together to provide full-time teaching employment (Louziotis, 2000; Peters & Boylston, 2006).
Unlike full professors, most adjuncts
earn just a few thousand dollars per class, with scant benefits and little job security.