eForum on the Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education

This eForum was conducted from November to December of 2013. To read more about the eForum's findings, click here.

Even while college tuition has soared, reports point to the growing use of low-paid contingent faculty and instructors in higher education. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats are interested in learning more about the working conditions of the over one million contingent faculty and instructors at U.S. institutions of higher education, including part-time adjunct professors and graduate teaching assistants, and how those working conditions may impact students’ education.

We are seeking comments from contingent faculty and instructors and their representatives on some or all of the following questions:

  • For how long have you worked as a contingent faculty or instructor?
  • How would you describe the working conditions of contingent faculty and instructors at your college or university, including matters like compensation, benefits, opportunities for growth and advancement, job stability, and administrative and professional support?
  • How do those conditions help or hinder your ability to earn a living and have a stable and successful career in higher education? What impact, if any, do those working conditions have on students or higher education generally?
  • How do those working conditions help or hinder your ability to do your job, or how do they otherwise affect students in achieving their educational goals?

To comment, please fill out the submission form, or send an email with your comment to adjunct.eforum@mail.house.gov by December 20, 2013. Please include your name, position, contact information, and name of college or university, and limit your response to 800 words. Comments sent, or excerpts thereof, may be posted on the Education and Workforce Democrats website in the coming weeks, submitted to the congressional record, and/or used in a report issued by Education and Workforce Democrats on any findings from the eForum. Names of individuals submitting comments will not be published without permission.