Adjunct professors fall behind full-time colleagues in pay and benefits

Adjunct employees receive lower salaries than full-time professors at universities in Ohio.Kent State, the University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, Miami University, Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati are six public institutions in which faculty salaries jump a great amount among the positions.


Who is an adjunct professor?

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Adjunct professors are non-tenured faculty teaching in higher education and are hired by institutions on a part-time basis.

Adjuncts are usually hired to teach classes that regular faculty might not have a lot of knowledge in or introductory courses in high demand amongst students.  Most universities require adjuncts to have a master’s degree in order to be considered for employment. Teaching experience is also preferred.

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Across the state

Adjunct pay rates at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences. Graphic via

“I’m self-employed. That’s where I make my money, honey,” she said, flicking her wrist for emphasis. Donna Oberlin, an adjunct professor of music and piano accompanist at Kent State, said she’s lucky to be in her situation.

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Nationwide trends surface among adjuncts across universities in the US

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Institutions around the United States follow similar trends, keeping adjunct professors at part time tenure tracks. Adjuncts make up more than 50 percent of institutions and universities plan to continue this approach with faculty.

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Adjunct Professors Take A Stand

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With the growth of the adjuncts growing to about 40 percent of university staff nation wide, this has recently become a more talked about subject and adjuncts across the nation are speaking out.

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