The Death of an Adjunct

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"Thea Hunter was a promising, brilliant scholar. And then she got trapped in academia’s permanent underclass."

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/04/adjunct-professors-higher-education-...

"To be a perennial adjunct professor is to hear the constant tone of higher education’s death knell. The story is well known—the long hours, the heavy workload, the insufficient pay—as academia relies on adjunct professors, non-tenured faculty members, who are often paid pennies on the dollar to do the same work required of their tenured colleagues.

The position is often inaccurately described as akin to a form of slavery. Thea, a scholar of rights, slavery, and freedom, would have been the first to say that is not the case. It is more like the lowest rung in a caste system, the one that underrepresented minorities tend to call home."

 

 

To all --

I hope that you will take the time to read The Atlantic article about Thea Hunter. I also encourage anyone who knows of any similar, verified stories of adjuncts living tenuous lives, please share them with this list. You can email them to me or simply reply to this message.

Thank you.

Howard Smead
Editor, H-Adjunct