Adjunct professors use food stamps, aid

Poorly paid adjunct professors are using food stamps, Medicaid and other public aid to pay the bills. Some 70 percent of college instructors are adjuncts with no job security, no benefits and low pay.

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  1. The adjunct situation is serious. But a clearer picture on their economic status would include how many have full time jobs and are moonlightingt as adjuncts, particularly in fields where it is a requirement that the adjuct be employed in the industry whose skills are being taught.

  2. Adjuncting is OK if you also have a day job. Otherwise, it’s a mug’s game.

  3. Christina Lordeman says:

    It’s a scandal in more than one way. In grad school (for education, of course) more than three-quarters of my classes were taught by adjuncts, many of whom were better instructors than some of the full-time professors we had. It was shameful not only how little the university paid them, but also how much we paid the university to take their courses.

  4. Ponderosa says:

    This a glimpse of the future for us k-12 teachers. Once unions are successfully busted, salaries and benefits will go down the toilet.

  5. This, plus the low pay and abuse that K-12 teachers get, shows the world how U.S. society views teachers – not very well. As worthless, in fact. At most community college campuses, the custodians get paid more than the adjunct instructors do!

  6. Richard Aubrey says:

    My wife was an adjunct for a while. It was a part-time job, coordinated with raising kids, and we had my benefits. There are different ways of being an adjunct; not all are living in cold-water walkups.
    It was true that students preferred adjuncts since they could be sure of being prepared for the next class. Prerequisites are that for a reason and if your intro or 101 class is mostly about the professor’s ego, his research passion, or porn (true for one of the profs), then 201 will be a very hard slog.
    My wife got a HS job later and I ran into her department chairman from the U who inquired how she was getting along. “It’s a culture shock,” I said. He nodded sympathetically. “Her colleagues are uniformly friendly and helpful.” I gather that got back to the department.