Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dismantling the professoriate

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On Campus' September/October 2012 feature story, "Dismantling the professoriate" describes how "institutions are failing to support their instructional staff" and asks the same question we keep asking, "What message does that send students?"


The article is primarily about and to remind readers about the report,"A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty Members," conducted by the Coalition for the Academic Workforce (CAW) during the fall semester of 2010. Peter Brown, NFM founding board member, president SUNY New Paltz UUP Chapter and editor of Bullhorn brought this iteration to our attention, drawing our attention to "among other things, it states the following":
Currently, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education, 1.3 million of the 1.8 million faculty providing instruction in two- and four-year institutions are part-time or adjunct faculty, teaching off the tenure track.” [Peter's emphasis] 
Since some of us are still using the 800,000 figure, I thought we should be aware of this number, which is considerably higher, even factoring in TAs. We may want to update the number we use.
Also note, 
The survey's key findings include:
  • The median pay per course, standardized to a three-credit course, was $2,700 in fall 2010, and ranged from a low of $2,235 at two-year colleges to a high of $3,400 at four-year doctoral or research universities.
  • Part-time faculty respondents saw little, if any, wage premium based on their credentials.
  • Professional support was minimal for part-time faculty members' work outside the classroom and for their inclusion in academic decision-making.

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