In (and Out of) New Orleans, Part-Time Faculty Struggle to Rebuild Careers and Lives

When Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans on August 29, 2005, it damaged not only the city and the campuses of its 11 accredited, non-profit four- and two-year universities, but also the careers of their part-time faculty, who numbered more than 1,300. Almost a year after the disaster, part-timers who survived the hurricane are still struggling to rebuild their careers and lives. Tulane University, with a pre-Katrina enrollment of approximately 13,000, has instituted sweeping changes in its use of part-time faculty since the hurricane struck. In 2004, Peterson’s 4-Year College Guide reported that 442 of Tulane’s 962 faculty members (or […]
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