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The Problem With Adjuncts As Entrepreneurs

by Elaina Loveland

Adjuncts are more catered to than ever. Adjunctopia.com helps part-time faculty find jobs. Academic publishers Allyn & Bacon/Longman and Houghton Mifflin host Web sites exclusively for adjuncts. A cover story about an adjunct English professor was published this past summer in Washington Post Magazine. People are beginning to recognize the role adjuncts play in the higher education community, and nearly everyone has some advice to give.

Jill Carroll, an adjunct in Texas, has this recommendation: adjuncts should think of themselves as entrepreneurs. The article, “Less Whining, More Teaching,” written by Scott Smallwood and published in the August 2001 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, urges adjuncts to approach teaching part-time as a business. In the piece we meet Jill Carroll, who earns approximately $54,000 per year teaching 12 courses at several different campuses. Since the article’s publication, Carroll has proven that she is certainly a businesswoman. Besides teaching, she now has self-published a manual called How to Survive as an Adjunct Lecturer: An Entrepreneurial Strategy Manual, maintains a Web site called AdjunctSolutions.com, offers e-mail consulting services to fellow adjuncts for $65 an hour and writes monthly for The Chronicle. I wondered,

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