adjunct life

An article in The Chronicle discusses, firsthand, the class status of the adjunct professor and graduate student. I have found that folks outside academe do not often realize that becoming a professor in higher education does not entail a hefty salary. They do not realize, for instance, that getting an MA and teaching elementary school can be more lucrative than getting a PhD and teaching in the humanities. Of course, these teaching gigs differ greatly and each has its own stresses and difficulties, but that’s not the point. The point is that nonacademics are probably even more in the dark about adjunct life and the class issues faced therein. Apart from the sadness of the matter, it’s a fascinating aspect of our institutional situation. There is so much social credit involved in getting advanced degrees, but oftentimes the economic credit is mismatched.

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Contemporary philosopher.
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