While reading another blog, I saw a reader comment that the lay-offs of adjunct faculty will be the best thing that could ever happen to higher education in a long time. He then falls right into the old myth that most adjuncts are under-employed Ph.D.s (they’re not; the majority of adjuncts hold Master’s degrees). He seems to believe this flushing out of the system will result in fewer candidates to teach part-time, as laid-off part-time faculty move right into the salaries and jobs they always knew they should have. Overall, Academe will benefit from fewer part-timers.
So, is he right?