NPR Show Looks at Labor Rights for Part-Time Profs

WAMU's Kojo Namdi Show spotlights labor rights for part-time faculty. You can listen to the full show here

Labor Rights for Part-time College Professors

For Washington-area universities, the large pool of professionals willing to teach on a part-time basis is an embarrassment of riches. But some have argued that colleges are over-relying on part-time labor, and underpaying teachers. We learn about a new collective bargaining agreement between George Washington University and a local union of part-time and adjunct staff.

Kip Lornell, Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies and Music, George Washington University; Member, Service Employees International Union Local 500

Donald Lehman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Theoretical Physics, George Washington University

Richard Boris, Director, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions (NCSCBHEP)

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I have been an adjunct. Why does the prees refer to them (us) as "Professors"? Few of us have terminal degrees or have done, and published significant research.Often pols put on their resume that they are a "Professor" at State U. In fact, they might have taught some easy course sometime in their career. Often they get that gig from the University on a quid pro quo basis anyway.

The other point is that by and large today's students don't seem up to the demans of top notch teachers.