The Growing Reliance on Adjunct Professors on the Diane Rehm Show

From the Diane Rehm Show on NPR:

For a number of years American colleges and universities have increasingly relied on adjunct professors. As full professors retire, they're often replaced with part timers - who typically earn less, receive no benefits and have little say in academic affairs. Today part-time instructors account for about half of all faculty at the nation's public and private higher education institutions. Administrators defend the trend as a necessary cost-cutting measure amid rising expenses and reduced revenues. But many adjuncts have begun to fight for better pay and benefits. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of experts talk about the growing reliance on adjunct professors.


Maria Maisto 

president and executive director, New Faculty Majority.

Peter Schmidt 

senior writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

William LeoGrande 

associate vice provost for academic affairs, American University.

April Mason 

president of The Association of Chief Academic Officers; provost and senior vice president, Kansas State University.

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