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Adjuncts Act for Awareness and Change


Scott Schneider was quoted in University Business on March 31, 2015. The article “Adjuncts Act for Awareness and Change”  focused on the first National Adjunct Walkout Day on Feb. 25 aimed to raise awareness about the working conditions faced by part-time instructors.

Scott was quoted on his thoughts of the National Adjunct Walkout Day.

Scott said that although the day drew national attention, he’s not sure adjuncts’ demands can be easily met.

“There is a fairytale being floated around that all colleges and universities are swimming in vast oceans of money and treating adjuncts well is merely a function of, for instance, redistributing money from bloated administration to the adjunct ranks,” said Scott, who is also a law professor at Tulane University in New Orleans.

“The reality, though, is that a host of market and governmental pressures are keeping revenues down at the same time that federal and state resources have dried up,” he added.

Still, Scott expects changes for adjuncts and schools employing them.

For institutions without the means to improve working conditions for adjuncts, he said, “I see them either starting to provide their line and tenured faculty with higher teaching loads or leveraging technology to efficiently provide education services.”

In other words, he explained, institutions that have limited resources will eventually be forced out of the market.

To read the full article, please visit University Business.


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