Dr. Amy Staples: Adjunct Advocacy Southern Style

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by O.W. Coffman By her own admission, Dr. Amy Staples, a full-time professor of history, is “one of those blessed few,” meaning she’s never done time as an adjunct professor. The tenure-track educator, nonetheless, is no stranger to the inequality issues that plague adjuncts, including the estimated 270 part-time instructors who are employed at her own school, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro. “I was never an adjunct,” Staples concedes. “I was one of those blessed few who went straight from my Ph.D. to a tenure-track job, but most of my friends and colleagues in grad school were—or still […]
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