Higher Ed… We have a problem.
This is the beginning of our journey to help all of Higher Ed to solve the problems currently facing part time / adjunct teachers and professors.
If you are a part time teacher and have something to say on this topic, we would would like to interview you, please write. firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel and David
In this podcast we begin to investigate the problems, challenges, and future hopes associated with the travails of part time teachers.
Sound Bites from the Podcast:
Parents are concerned, rightly so, with getting their monies worth. What are you paying for, elaborate commencement ceremonies or the teaching experience?
Are you getting free gifts that you paid for?
There are a lot of problems in how much money is dedicated toward teaching faculty.
The balance of full time to part time faculty is one that is looked at by the financial planners carefully.
Students taking general education courses are likely to be taught be people who are not full time employees of the university. We refer to these people out here (In Southern California) as “Freeway Flyers.”
These folks are often teaching six or seven courses a semester in order to eek out a living.
The quality of instruction is likely, not that of a full time faculty person.
The university budget gets locked in to this type of mode. Over 50% of the classes are usually being taught be adjunct instructors. It is difficult for them to transition the instructors into full time jobs.
What we are interested in is the effect on students in the classroom.
What about the quality of life and rest of life issues if any, for the part time teacher?
What does this do for first and second year college students?
I overheard a student say, “Oh, we have a real professor.” So, there is a perception of quality of teaching associated with titles. This is a problem.
Does an Assistant Professor mean that you are assisting a Professor? No, not at all!
This is a plague on our society where people are coming out of school and working part time without any guarantee of employment.
What are the long term effects of these part time teachers?
What are the effects on our students?
What would our colleges and universities look like if there were more full time faculty and less adjuncts so that the ratio was 90% – 10% rather than 60% to 40%?
We want to hear from adjunct professors so we can further the body of knowledge on this topic and help all of higher education to a solution. Join our community by dropping us an email and let us know your thoughts. email@example.com
We are pretty upset about this and want to fix it.
We recorded this podcast on September 18, 2013.
Facts from the Info-Graphic below:
- How our best and brightest can work tirelessly for 8 years only to receive food stamps, debt, and no career.
- Tenure Track Professor, $120,000. vs Adjunct, $20,000.
- There are 5.7 Million more college students than there were 10 years ago, a 45% increase in full time students, while tenure track positions have only increased 28% in 32 years. (From 1975-2007).
Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.
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