Some professors could make more working at McDonald's than they do in academia.

“We’re not calling for the $15 minimum wage. We don’t even make minimum wage. And we have no benefits and no job security,” said one adjunct professor in a Sept. 21 article by Salon. More than half of adjunct professors seek a second job, and some rely on food stamps.

Adjunct professors are part-time, at-will employees of their institutions — and make up more than three quarters of college professors in the United States. Most universities pay adjunct professors by the course. Those interviewed by Salon said that just the grading for their courses normally takes 5 to 10 hours a day, every day of the week.

Ann Kottner, an adjunct professor and activist, thinks students are not getting what they’re paying for, not because they have bad instructors but because the instructors are not getting the right support.

The full report is available at Salon.

Also read the DP's May article about adjunct professors here.

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