Retail employees, food service workers, call center operators: These, we are told, are the low-paying jobs of the future. Unfortunately, that list would be incomplete without including one of the fastest growing job titles at the business networking site LinkedIn: adjunct professors. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of people describing themselves there this way grew by almost 40 percent.
The numbers in Colorado aren't much better than they are nationwide. At CU-Boulder, for example, government data shows only 54 percent of faculty are tenured or on the tenure track. Even at a private school like the University of Denver, 48 percent of the faculty are part-time. Thirty-one percent of faculty there are non-tenure track.