The American Federation of Teachers released a new report today that documents a general shift within higher education: a reduction in tenure-track positions and an increase in hiring contingent faculty (part-time, full-time nontenure track and graduate employees).
The report, “American Academic: The State of the Higher Education Workforce,” finds that over the last 10 years the higher ed teaching workforce grew, but colleges and universities overwhelmingly relied on “hiring under-supported contingent faculty and instructors.”
From the press release:
Previous reports have demonstrated the problems created when colleges hire contingent faculty and instructors without fair wages, job security and professional support. This new report documents that, rather than working to reverse these trends and investing in a more secure higher education teaching workforce, colleges and universities are expanding their reliance on contingent faculty and instructors.
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