A thimbleful of scholars will someday snag a tenure-track job. A few dozen will join the ranks of the non-tenure-line full-time faculty (or NTLFT), laboring from contract to contract, earning a sparse salary and receiving limited benefits. Hundreds will be thrust into the churning, draining gyre that is the adjunct pool. Absurdly low wages and zero job security — that is their lot. As for the remainder, they will eventually realize they were on the “Alt-Ac” track all along, even though they never wanted to be.
Herb Childress, “This Is How You Kill a Profession,” Chronicle of Higher Education, March 27, 2019, https://www.chronicle.com/article/this-is-how-you-kill-a-profession/
Adam Harris, “The Death of an Adjunct,” Atlantic, April 8, 2019, https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/04/adjunct-professors-higher-education-thea-hunter/586168/
Aaron Hanlon, “The University Is a Ticking Time Bomb,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 16, 2019, https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-university-is-a-ticking-time-bomb/
Jacques Berlinerblau, “They’ve Been Scheming to Cut Tenure for Years. It’s Happening,” Chronicle of Higher Education, February 1, 2023, https://www.chronicle.com/article/theyve-been-scheming-to-cut-tenure-for-years-its-happening
Jonathan Zimmerman, “Adjunct professors often don’t ‘earn enough to eat.’ The rest of us need to speak up,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2023, https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/rutgers-strike-adjunct-faculty-wages-benefits-20230417.html
- Jacques Berlinerblau, “They’ve Been Scheming to Cut Tenure for Years. It’s Happening,” Chronicle of Higher Education, February 1, 2023, https://www.chronicle.com/article/theyve-been-scheming-to-cut-tenure-for-years-its-happening↩