Adjunct Faculty

In this series WFAE News and Charlotte Talks looked at the challenges facing adjunct faculty at area colleges and universities. 

Julie Schoonmaker / Duke University

Duke University’s year old union that represents adjunct faculty and non-tenured full time faculty may have a victory in the making. Votes are still being cast but union members are confident that their contract with the school will be ratified. The contract calls for raises and provisions for job security.

Adjunct Life Difficult Path To Full-Time Employment

May 17, 2016
Gwendolyn Glenn

A story at Duke University a couple of months ago caught our attention. Adjunct and non-tenure track faculty voted for union representation. That decision prompted us to look into unionization efforts in academia. 

Our first report focused on colleges’ increasing use of adjuncts, who now represent 50 percent of universities’ faculty. In this story, we learn more about the life of an adjunct and the challenges they face.

Rise In Adjunct Faculty In Higher Education

May 17, 2016

There’s a troubling trend in higher education: colleges’ and universities’ increasing reliance on adjunct faculty – non-tenured, part-time professors. They now make up more than 50 percent of faculties nationwide. Some adjuncts say they’re being exploited and what used to be a prestigious profession has become a part-time gig with no benefits and low pay. We look into what’s happening and how it is affecting higher education and those at the head of the class.

Gwendolyn Glenn

In the 1970s, 80 percent of college professors were full-time employees, according to the National Education Association. Today, part-time adjunct professors represent more than 50 percent of college faculty, says the American Association of University Professors.