- This excerpt below is from a Post column by Colman McCarthy titled "Colleges' dirty little secret: Adjunct professors."
Hordes of adjuncts slog like migrant workers from campus to campus. Teaching four fall and four spring courses at $2,700 each generates an annual salary of $21,600, below the national poverty line for a family of four. In a classroom across the hall, a tenured professor could make $100,000 for teaching half as many courses to half as many students.Not surprisingly, part-timers now make up more than 50 percent of faculty.
- From a book review in the Times:
Public school teachers' pay is pathetic (a median of $54,000 in 2012, versus $70,000 for a dental hygienist). So too are the conditions in which they often work. Notions about what constitutes good instruction have always been shockingly vague, and ideas about what to teach and how to measure learning are subject to politics and passing fads.
- Another Times book review indicts America's elite universities, like my alma mater Cornell:
Elite universities choose their professors for their ability to research. Tenure-tracked and tenured professors teach as little as they can, and leave what used to be their core task to ill-paid adjuncts and graduate students.