US adjunct faculty increasingly taking active role in PSE governance

June 3, 2014

Adjuncts in the US are increasingly gaining a voice in faculty governance, even leading some faculty senates. Some adjunct advocates say that the election of Ginger Clark, a non-tenure-track faculty member at the University of Southern California, to lead that institution’s faculty senate is a sign of changing times, natural adjustment to the growing proportion of part-time professors among university faculties. Nevertheless, significant challenges remain. Some full-time faculty have been reluctant to share governance with part-time professors and instructors, suggesting that the 2 groups may have different—or competing—concerns. Moreover, adjunct involvement in faculty can be difficult given the often heavy courseloads for which part-time professors are responsible. The Chronicle of Higher Education