Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chronicle Series about Adjuncts in Chicago

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a survey series about adjunct and contingent faculty in the Chicagoland area. The final data is very interesting and disturbing. Please share this information to your peers and colleagues. This could have greater implications on the national debate about the rapidly increasing number of non-tenure-track faculty in higher education.

Adjuncts who teach part time are now about half of the professoriate, making them a crucial sector of academe. But information on their daily jobs, their qualifications, and their motivations is sparse. To help fill the gap, we focused, both in a survey and in intensive reporting, on adjuncts in the Chicago metropolitan area. The region's rich mix of public and private four-year institutions and community colleges provided a lens through which to view the variety of adjunct employment.

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