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Chronicle survey yields a rare look into adjuncts’ work lives

Wilson, R. (2009). Chronicle’ survey yields a rare look into adjuncts’ work lives. Chronicle of Higher Education, 56(9), A12-13. http://chronicle.com/article/Chronicle-Survey-Yields-a/48843/

Wilson summarizes Chronicle survey of 625 adjuncts in the Chicago area.  In contrast to the popular belief that adjuncts were working part-time because they could not find full-time work, the Chronicle survey found over half of the adjuncts preferring part-time work and satisfied with their jobs.  Wilson lists brief highlights from the survey including highest degree attained, primary reason for working as a part-time adjunct, satisfaction with working part-time, what types of classes were taught, amount of pay, types of support provided, number of institutions taught in and and types of activities involved in at those institutions.

American academic: A national survey of part-time/Adjunct faculty

AFT Higher Education. (2010). American academic: A national survey of part-time/Adjunct faculty. volume 2. Washington, DC: American Federation of Teachers. Retrieved from http://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/aa_partimefaculty0310.pdf

This 2010 telephone survey of part-time/adjunct faculty conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of AFT looked at 500 part-time and adjunct faculty members.  Participants were currently employed as part-time/adjuncts in either a 2-year or 4-year institution (public and private, union and non-union).  Some respondents held full-time positions at other institutions, or outside of higher education.  One notable group not included in this survey were the part-time/adjunct faculty for graduate studies. The survey looks at areas such as attitudes towards part-time teaching; preference for full-time over part-time work; job conditions, including compensation, benefits, work-loads, and support; and motivational aspects such as professional support and advancement opportunities.  Demographically the survey looked at the type of institution; type of employment (teaching jobs or non-teaching jobs outside of the adjunct position); and factors such as sex, seniority, race, and income. While most percentages are well within the realm of expectation, the overwhelming number of respondents that identified as white non-Hispanics (84%) does not speak well to the hiring of a racially diverse teaching force.