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Half of All College Professors Are Now Adjuncts. Here's Why You Should Care

Liz Dwyer

If you picture professors as tenured faculty with benefits, read the story of Margaret Mary Vojtko, a recently deceased adjunct professor at Duquesne University. Vojtko, who was laid off last spring, died in poverty. She "worked on a contract basis from semester to semester, with no job security, no benefits and with a salary of between $3,000 and just over $3,500 per three-credit course." Many adjuncts are paid even less and are expected to provide a quality education to college students.

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  • Kris Giere

    This story brings to light one of the issues with how we choose invest in all of American education (P-20).

  • Stef McDonald

    This line breaks my heart: "Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor of French for 25 years, died underpaid and underappreciated at age 83"—underappreciated by the system that underpaid her, but I'm certain she was appreciated by her students and loved ones. . .

    • Kris Giere

      If you read through the comments at the bottom, she indeed was appreciated by the students and loved ones. She made an impact. That is for certain.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Very sad. It seems teachers these days have to work at multiple colleges and teach courses online as well.