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4/15/2019 at 3:35:13 PM GMT
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The Death of an Adjunct

By Adam Harris ––

When her friends try to find a way to talk about why she’s not here anymore, they pause, and then they pause again. She, perhaps, would have explained it gracefully. We don’t know how to talk about death, she would have said. It’s a fact of life that we’re tense about. It’s a natural part of the cycle, one that can be hastened by circumstance. And those circumstances, her friends seethe, were the hardships Thea faced as an adjunct professor, as a member of academia’s underclass.

To be a perennial adjunct professor is to hear the constant tone of higher education’s death knell. The story is well known—the long hours, the heavy workload, the insufficient pay—as academia relies on adjunct professors, non-tenured faculty members, who are often paid pennies on the dollar to do the same work required of their tenured colleagues.

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To continue reading, visit the full article on The Atlantic’s website.

Harris, Adam. “The Death of an Adjunct.” The Atlantic. (April 9, 2019). <https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/04/adjunct-professors-higher-education-thea-hunter/586168/ >

 

 



4/15/2019 at 7:34:09 PM GMT
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Thanks for sending on this article. To be honest, it increased me to tears and it made me angry at a system that is disrespectful of the human in human being



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