Adjunct professors often excluded from governance bodies

November 12, 2013

A new US study to be presented this week at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education found that “Adjuncts remain largely excluded from faculty senates at most research universities.” The report examined more than 100 universities that have faculty senates, finding two-thirds of those institutions had faculty senates that were off-limits to adjunct faculty who have less than half the workload of a full-time faculty member. Of the remaining third, half of those had faculty senates that were open to any adjunct faculty member, regardless of workload, and the other half had rigid policies that prevented participation by any non-tenure track instructor. In January, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) issued guidelines regarding faculty involvement in shared-governance bodies, which stated "no faculty member should be excluded from participation in governance because of the appointment conditions over which most have little control." Chronicle of Higher Education