An Administrator Responds to Adjunct Protests


On last week’s podcast we talked about growing dissent among adjunct college instructors who claim they’re not getting compensated fairly for the work they do.

This week we’ll hear from someone who has dealt with this issue from the administration side, and doesn’t think there’s a “quick fix” for adjuncts seeking better pay and more stability. Dan King has been a faculty member, a department chair, a dean, a vice president and a provost at various institutions throughout his career. He now serves as the president and C.E.O of the American Association of University Administrators. King is sympathetic to the plight of underemployed contingent faculty members, but, as he told ARW’s Stephen Smith, “It’s not the university’s responsibility to ensure that there is full-time work for everybody who holds a PhD. Universities aren’t WPA organizations, they’re scholarly institutions.”