Issues around adjuncts came up in the small group discussion I was in last week.
While I have not seen all the things listed in this article, I have seen quite a few of them. Course cancellations come down literally a few days before classes start. I’ve seen adjuncts get screwed over by that more than once.
Once, it almost happened to me, except one of our full timers decided to up and resign, so I got one of her classes.
Full disclosure: I have two different positions at LaGuardia: I am a Sr. College Lab Tech and an adjunct lecturer.
In fact, in the Spring semester, the course I usually teach, Voice and Diction, is taught as a hybrid class. I took the seminar on how to teach in that environment and altered the course to work as a hybrid partially because I would be the only person on staff who can both teach V&D and teach it as a hybrid.
Still, I’m lucky. My supervisor does his best to take care of all of us, and, since I’m already on campus, I’m almost always going to get a class. It might start at 8:00 pm or 7:30 am, but I’ll get one.
So, on top of the pay issue, adjuncts have to worry about the things discussed in this article.
I’m not saying don’t be an adjunct. I love teaching. I’m saying go in with your eyes open.