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If you’re an adjunct professor, chances are you didn’t get into teaching for the money. According to a 2017 report from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the average total pay for part-time faculty members at a single institution was $20,508 annually. Statistics like these make it seem as ...

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In academia, one of the biggest trends in recent years is the rise of adjunct teaching. Since the early 1970s, tenured positions at colleges and universities in the U.S. have steadily been replaced by adjunct or non-tenure track professorships.

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Adjunct professors used to be a small subset of the teaching population. A few decades ago, most professors teaching at the college level were employed in full-time or tenure-track positions. Now, a large number of available teaching jobs at colleges and universities in the U.S. are adjunct or part-time positions. ...

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We’ve all heard the adage “those who can’t do, teach.” While the popular saying is an easy way to make fun of teachers and put down teaching as a profession, a better phrase might be: those who do well at teaching, can also succeed at doing other things. Some people ...

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It’s hard to believe it, but getting a Ph.D. is no longer a surefire way to become a tenured professor. Reports from 2014-’15 reveal that roughly one in five (or fewer) doctorate students with Ph.Ds secure a tenure track position at a college or university within the first year of ...

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A few decades ago, a college professor who only taught part-time was fairly uncommon. Today, non-tenure track and part-time faculty are not only commonplace, they’re the majority. The rise of part-time faculty — often referred to as adjunct professors, instructors or lecturers —  has been an ongoing trend for many ...

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Adjunct professors work hard, but don’t always get paid well for it. A 2012 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau found that 22% of part-time faculty nationwide live below the poverty line. Other studies estimate that the percentage of adjuncts earning poverty-level wages might be even higher ...

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