02 November 2013

Contingent Faculty & Unions


This graphic comes from AAUP and displays the trend in faculty composition for all American institutions of higher learning.  And today the WaPo ran this report on the trends in unionization among contingent faculty. Disturbing problem meets appropriate remedy.

This raises the obvious question regarding common complaints about the "spiraling costs" of College education. Once we determine the relative increase in administrative salaries (Deans and Dean-lets, Student Affairs Staff, etc.) relative to faculty salaries, we must then ask about the composition of faculty salaries. Not only are full-time, tenure/tenure track faculty not getting significant salary increases, but they are being replaced by very low wage, typically benefit-less contingent faculty. Where do those pesky cost increases originate?

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