Tweet (see below) from the Society Pages points to an important issue. Adjunctification effects the entire higher education system, not just those with PhDs. Students should be made aware that not all professors are paid equitably. If you didn’t know, adjunct professors are paid on an hourly basis which rarely covers time spent grading, preparing classes, and being available to students (in office hours, over email, or otherwise). Students you should be concerned. Why? Adjunct professors have little monetary incentive to provide you with the best education. In fact, it could be argued that adjunct contracts with universities are solely designed fill lecture time (comparable to TV’s talking heads filling airtime). They are not hired to educate. As such I agree with the article below that professors should bring light to issues around adjunctification and that a good first step towards instigating change is to reframe and claim the discourse (read George Lakoff for brilliant research and discussion on language framing for political change). So, let’s make sure to get our labels straight. Adjuncts, ask your students not to call you “professor,” but rather “adjunct lecturer.” Or at least something of that sort that brings light to wage disparities and better preserves the legitimate qualifications of adjuncts.
Interesting use of labeling to highlight inequality–CUNY adjuncts don’t want to be called “professor” to make a point insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/0…
— The Society Pages (@TheSocietyPages) February 6, 2013
Also see the CUNY Adjunct Project.