From Al Jazeera:
Picture a professor, and you probably don’t think of someone struggling to put food on the table. But that’s the reality for many adjunct faculty, with some earning the equivalent of a fast-food wage. A recent study says more than 75% of professors are now adjunct. Are they being exploited and how do their working conditions impact higher education?
Educational experts consider adjunct professors to be part of the working poor because many are subject to near-poverty wages, lack of benefits and no bargaining power. The majority of college and university classrooms are taught by adjunct professors who, on average, make less than $25,000 each year based on a full-time course schedule. Extreme conditions of some adjuncts has even led to homelessness and an inability to treat terminal illness.