Adjunct teaching should be treated the same as tenured faculty teaching: Opinion


In an article for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Rebecca Schuman discusses how adjunct teachers are often given short and inconsistent notice about the courses they must deliver, with the assumption that they can easily step in last minute. The author underlines that this puts adjunct instructors in a difficult position, as teaching requires skill, time, and energy. This fact is more readily acknowledged for full-time faculty members, Schuman argues, and so leadership should recognize that “adjunct teaching is the exact same teaching that tenured faculty members do.” The author recommends providing adjuncts with a reasonable lead time, firm course offers, and an acknowledgement that teaching is “real work that cannot […] be offered at the 11th hour.”

Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.)