The Adjunct Underclass: How America's Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission

Univ. of Chicago. Apr. 2019. 208p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780226496665. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780226496832. ED
In the past, the majority of U.S. university faculty were full-time and tenured; now most professors are adjuncts, working part-time gigs with low pay and few benefits. In a fascinating combination of history, call to action, and warning, Childress (Teleidoscope Group; Landscapes of Betrayal, Landscapes of Joy) deftly documents how and why this shift happened, its effects, and why it's so concerning. Much like Roy Fuller and other's Adjunct Faculty Voices, this book highlights the perspectives of adjuncts, lending the text a sense of immediacy. Childress's eight recommendations and four statements for principled actions are especially intriguing.
VERDICT This well-written, effective work will be appreciated by graduate students hoping to become faculty, as well as high school guidance counselors, parents of college students, and those researching higher education administration.

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