The Growing Reliance On Adjunct Professors

The Growing Reliance On Adjunct Professors

Colleges and universities are cutting costs by replacing full-time professors with part timers. A discussion about the growing ranks of adjunct professors, their efforts to unionize, and whether the heavy reliance on adjuncts affects education quality.

For a number of years American colleges and universities have increasingly relied on adjunct professors. As full professors retire, they're often replaced with part timers - who typically earn less, receive no benefits and have little say in academic affairs. Today part-time instructors account for about half of all faculty at the nation's public and private higher education institutions. Administrators defend the trend as a necessary cost-cutting measure amid rising expenses and reduced revenues. But many adjuncts have begun to fight for better pay and benefits. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of experts talk about the growing reliance on adjunct professors.


Maria Maisto

president and executive director, New Faculty Majority.

Peter Schmidt

senior writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

William LeoGrande

associate vice provost for academic affairs, American University.

April Mason

president of The Association of Chief Academic Officers; provost and senior vice president, Kansas State University.

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