Visiting Faculty: Are Their Numbers on the Rise?

by Jennifer Berkshire They teach courses, advise students, even attend faculty meetings. But while their responsibilities may require a full-time commitment, these academics are employed on a strictly short-term basis. They are the visiting faculty, and when their terms end, after a semester, a year, or perhaps three years, they have no choice but to pack up their books, their bags and move on. Visiting faculty are the nomads of higher education, says Rich Moser, national field representative of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the author of “The New Academic Labor System, Corporatization, and the Renewal of Academic […]
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