The Adjunct Underclass

These temporary workers go by various highfalutin titles, Mr. Childress explains: adjunct faculty, lecturer, visiting scholar, postdoctoral fellow and so on. All these terms mask the unified underlying condition: working course-by-course or year-by-year, with no guarantee of permanence, often for embarrassingly small stipends, and often for no benefits. The polite language makes the facts harder to see, so let’s state it simply: College teaching has become primarily a pickup job, like driving for Uber or running chores for TaskRabbit.”

Barton Swaim, The Adjunct Underclass’ Review: Teachable Moments

May 2, 2019

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