Adjuncts deserve a “living wage,” writes IHE contributor

January 12, 2016

John Warner, writing for Inside Higher Ed, imagines what would happen if every adjunct and contingent faculty member suddenly refused the courses they were offered. Half of the courses in a typical English department at a large US state university would be unfilled, creating pressure on departmental budgets that depend on the revenue from these courses to finance small seminars. “Currently, the only thing that allows some of these courses to continue is that they are taught by faculty who, in too many cases, are making less than a living wage,” Warner writes. He concludes that “without these faculty, there are institutions that would not reach the bare minimum threshold to be considered functioning,” and that therefore, the instructors deserve to be paid a living wage. Inside Higher Ed