Facts & Figures
Pay and Benefits:
The average pay reported by adjuncts is $2,987 per three-credit course, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education: Adjunct Project.
- Seventy-nine percent of adjuncts do not get health insurance at their college and 86% did not receive retirement benefits or the opportunity to buy into a group retirement plan (Chronicle of Higher Education: Adjunct Project).
Approximately 70% of instructional faculty at all colleges are working on a contingent basis.
- More than two thirds of instructional faculty is now non-tenure track. In 1969, tenured and tenure-track positions made up approximately 78.3% of the faculty. In 2009, tenured and tenure-track faculty had declined to 33.5% and 66.5% of faculty were ineligible for tenure.
- Nationally, the numbers of part-time faculty members has increased at almost three times the rate of full-time faculty in the last 15 years. Between 1995 and 2011 the number of part-time faculty doubled.
54% of contingent faculty teach in more than one institution; 29% teach in two institutions.
Barriers to professional development and effective teaching:
According to an August 2012 Survey by the Center for the Future for Higher Education (CFHE), prep time for courses taught by contingent faculty is often minimal; two-thirds of faculty reported receiving three weeks or less notice to prepare for class assignments.
In the same survey, 94% of respondents said they received no departmental or university orientation, despite the fact that half were new to the campuses where they were teaching (Center for the Future for Higher Education, “Who is Professor ‘Staff’?”)
Access to university services is often limited: 47% received copying services less than two weeks before classes started and 45% gained library privileges two weeks before the start of class. Twenty-one percent never received any curriculum guidelines or access to office space (Center for the Future for Higher Education, “Who is Professor ‘Staff’?”)