The rise of adjunct faculty

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Part-time professors or adjuncts now make up over 49 percent of the faculty on university campuses and 70 percent of community college faculties. But low pay and job insecurity have led many adjuncts around the country to try to form unions to get better working conditions.

In an audio report Marty Moss-Coane looks at why adjuncts are on the rise, what it means for the part-time teachers, and the effect the trend is having in higher education.

She talks with Debra Leigh Scott, a writer and educator who has been an adjunct for over 15 years and is working on a documentary and book on the topic and Adrianna Kezar, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California.

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