Adjunct professors now make up almost 70 percent of all faculty members in the United States. But, while we have a general sense of their precarious position, we haven’t had a lot of information about their lives and working conditions.
Now we do, thanks to the Adjunct Project initiated by Joshua A. Boldt. He created a Google document, to which adjunct professors can contribute information about where they work and under what conditions, which has now been publicized by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“We have accepted that what’s best for the ruling class is what’s best for us,” he says. “We, as adjuncts and anybody involved in higher education, are giving consent to this power structure by passivity, by standing by and allowing it to happen.”
Boldt and other adjunct professors are starting to change that.