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Friday, July 1, 2016

Adjunct Professorships

Adjunct professorships hurt students and educators alike. Is it time to abandon tenure?

Colleges and universities have seen a boom in contingent faculty. Administrators must rethink their business model

Adrianna Kezar and Samantha Bernstein | June 30, 2016

The State College of Florida recently scrapped tenure for incoming faculty. New professors at this public university will be hired on the basis of annual contracts that the school can decline to renew at any time.
The decision has been highly controversial. But this is not the first time tenure has come under attack. In 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called for a reevaluation of state laws on tenure and shared governance. As of March 2016, a new policy at the University of Wisconsin has made faculty vulnerable to lay offs.

"Also worth noting, just less than half (46 percent) of faculty have pursued a full-time teaching position at some point in the past. Breaking this down further, 28 percent have pursued a full-time position at their current institutions, 31 percent have pursued a full-time position at another institution and 13 percent have pursued a full-time position at both."  Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Academic Capitalism and the New Economy. June 2009) and (American Academic. Volume 2. March 2010. A National Survey of Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty)>

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