The Adjunct Underclass


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Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:00am to 12:30am
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An Interview with Herb Childress


Over the past few decades, the job of college professor has been utterly transformed—for the worse. It is estimated that 75% of college teaching is done by part time adjunct professors. Suzanne LaGrande interviews Herb Childress , the author of  The Adjunct Underclass: How America's Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission.  Adjunct teachers work course-to-course, with few benefits, little to no security, and extremely low pay.  Drawing on his own firsthand experience and that of other adjuncts to show the damage that is wrought by contingency, not only on the adjunct faculty themselves, but also on students, the permanent faculty and administration, and the nation. How can we say that we value higher education when we treat educators like desperate day laborers? For more about his work, visit

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