Table of Contents

Historical Context
Literature Review
Identifying Part-Timers
Central Issues
Nonfinancial Implications
Research and Productivity
Support and Services
Survey of Local Institutions
Institutional Approaches to Hiring
Dismantling of the Tenure System
Contract and Term Appointments
Continued and Expanded Use of Adjuncts
Financial Implications of Current Policies
Inaccurate Picture of the Operating Budget
Limits on Part-Time Teaching Loads
Organized Labor Movement
Surplus of Qualified Teachers
Ethical and Legal Aspects
Pressures on Full-Time Faculty
Debate over Teaching Quality
Balance Part-Time and Full-Time Positions
Commitment to Fair Treatment of Adjuncts
Joint/Shared Appointments
Benefit Plans
Appendix A: Survey Instrument and Methodology
Appendix B: Case Study: The Cost of Advising

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Survey of local institutions

By way of summarizing the discussion thus far, I would like to turn my attention to a survey of 28 colleges and universities in the greater Chicago area. This will allow me to analyze local working conditions and compare them to findings in the literature outlined in the previous sections.
Surveys were returned by 28 of 45 area institutions (see
Appendix A), a response rate of 62%. All four governance types were represented (Table 1) in the survey.

Table 1 Response Rate by Institutional Type

Governance Responses Sent / Response Rate
2-year public 11/12 (92 %)
2-year private 1/2 (50 %)
4-year public 2/4 (50 %)
4-year private 13/27 (48 %)
Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?
The Financial Implications of Adjunct Faculty

Dennis Bricault
North Park University
November, 1998
1998 by Dennis Bricault