Belated thanks to Steve for his skillful facilitation of our discussion on adjunct work. The conversation was energetic and wide-ranging, with some intense personal stories.
Many of us have done productive and meaningful work as adjuncts or contingent faculty members. Some short-term, full-time jobs offer a reasonable living, but course-by-course contracts rarely do – though they often constitute one part of an income pieced together from several sources.
The adjunct situation has garnered a lot of attention across the country, but the trends in higher education are not encouraging. See the sidebar for some organizations whose work is focused on these issues.
Meanwhile, just recently: a wonderful social gathering at The Roost in Northampton, a good space for conversation, with coffee and beer according to preference. A photographer from the Chronicle of Higher Education was in attendance. Watch for an article on independent scholars soon.