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George Mason U Students Study Their Adjuncts

Molly Greenberg

A new George Mason University study on adjunct faculty may be the “most comprehensive study of one institution’s adjunct faculty working conditions ever.”

The report, appropriately named “Indispensable but Invisible,” is based on a survey completed by 241 adjunct at George Mason and conducted by the Public Sociology Association made up of George Mason graduate students. The results were extremely telling of the plight of adjuncts these days, shedding some light on a segment of college faculty members normally neglected when it comes to work benefits – even though they make up the majority of professors employed by schools.

According to Inside Higher Ed, of the adjuncts who took the online survey, only 26 percent “believe the uncompensated time they devote to the job – about five hours per class per week, on average – will be recognized by the university.” About 40 percent say they one day want to become tenured professors, but doubt they’ll be considered for such an opportunity because they are adjuncts.

The downside of being an adjunct were perpetuated in the results, with approximately 23 percent reporting that they have an annual household income of $30,000. Then there are the “significant minorities”

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  1. It’s fixed – it just didn’t work through the George Mason article. Sorry for the bother – Sylvia

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