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? Join us Thursday at 7:30pm ET.
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Adjunct professors first emerged in the 1960's as a way to tackle a nationwide shortage of professors with a Ph.D. Since then, the percentage of adjunct faculty has skyrocketed to nearly 75 percent. Also called contingent faculty, these professionals include part time faculty, grad students and full time, non-tenured-track professors.