Contingent Faculty Across the Disciplines

Jacobe, Monica F.
November 2006
Academe;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 92 Issue 6, p43
This article focuses on the increasing number of contingent faculty members, full- and part-time non-tenure-track professors, at universities around the U.S. The Coalition on the Academic Workforce, a group of higher education and disciplinary associations concerned about the dramatic rise in contingent faculty, surveyed staffing practices across eleven humanities and social science disciplines. The surveys found compelling new evidence about the use and treatment of part-time and adjunct faculty, highlighting the dwindling proportion of full-time tenure-track faculty members teaching in undergraduate classrooms and providing solid evidence of the second-class status of part-time and adjunct employees in the academy.


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