Exploited Adjuncts

We know a woman who once earned about $9,000 per year, making her eligible for Section 8 housing, food stamps, fuel assistance, Medicaid, WIC, the Earned Income Credit and Head Start for her four children. You may be surprised that at the time, she was also a college professor.

This was in the early ’90s, when she first started out as an adjunct faculty member at Berkshire Community College. The situation for most adjunct faculty across the state has not improved over the past 25 years; adjunct faculty members never know whether they will be teaching from one semester to the next, or how many courses they will be assigned.

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