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This paper examines the role of part-time college faculty in higher education, the job market for prospective faculty, the role of unions in organizing part-time faculty, and possible solutions to the over-reliance on and exploitation of part-time faculty and teaching assistants by American universities. It discusses one part-time faculty member's experiences with academic unionism, focusing on the need for full-time faculty to support the efforts of part-time faculty for higher wages and benefits. The paper examines the growing trend toward part-time and temporary positions in academia and in the national economy as a whole. It examines the challenges inherent in organizing part-time and temporary faculty, and research on the growing use of part-time and temporary faculty. The paper argues that all college faculty need to organize to raise the pay and benefits of part-time and temporary faculty to the point that they are priced out of the market. That is, so it will become cheaper (instead of more costly) to fill full-time, tenure track positions instead of part-time and temporary openings. Contains seven references. (MDM)

Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Employment Opportunities, Employment Problems, Higher Education, Part Time Faculty, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Assistants, Temporary Employment, Tenured Faculty, Unions

Author: Thompson, Karen

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12510&id=ED387052

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