Monday, February 27, 2012

The Adjunct Project

Saw in the Crampicle: the article about an adjunct who started collecting data about adjuncts and their working conditions. There's now a dedicated Wordpress site: The Adjunct Project

Fill in your school, and any other data you'd like to share. According to the article, 786 people have done so (as of Feb 19, the date the article was posted).

I'm no longer an adjunct, but I have plenty of friends on this treadmill. Share widely.


  1. Seriously? Some places pay in the THOUSANDS for a 3-credit class? REALLY?

  2. Are you kidding, Cynic? All three unis I work for pay in the thousands, and that spans an R1 institution, a CC, and a military for-profit. Add to that my experience at 4 other institutions in the same region. Just barely in the thousands, mind -- between $2000 and $4000 -- but definitely in the thousands.

  3. No, I'm not kidding: I never worked anywhere that paid me more than $1,800 for a 3-credit class (I have adjuncted my way across the country). Clearly, I was adjuncting in the wrong places (hence the need to keep moving on). I even joked to my SI that once I reached the 2K range, I'd know I'd "made it." Now I'm in a T-T job, but I'm glad to see SOME places actually do pay better than I ever got paid.

  4. Back in the late 90s I worked at a school in Chicago. The pay rate was $1485 for a 3-credit course. This worked out to about $75/week after taxes. The adjuncts unionized, and my pay shot up (because I'd been there for several years) to nearly $2,000 / course.

    A few years later, I was adjuncting at Large Urban Catholic U. Pay rate: $2500/class, if memory serves. When we were "offered" health insurance, the rate was such that my monthly salary would have just barely covered the premium. Thank God I was also working in a uni system that both paid adjuncts a living wage and provided full health insurance to anyone working more than half-time. First and only time in my teaching career that has ever happened.

  5. Man, some adjuncts must be in the middle class. Some of those numbers look like winning the lottery. I am definitely getting out of the gig I am in. I'm not going adjunct job fishing instead, however, but getting really out.


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