More must be done for adjunct professors at Metropolitan State
“Under Jordan, Metro thrived,” June 29 editorial.
Your editorial conveniently elides the working condition of adjunct professors, a national scandal. So, tenuretracked faculty are now at 60 percent at Metropolitan State University of Denver and “are paid more in line with industry standards.” What are adjuncts paid? What are their working conditions?
These are fully qualified professors who must take on an untenable load, sometimes at multiple institutions, and accept poverty wages merely to survive. They are often invisible to the institution, and their dedication and labor go unrecognized and unrewarded. Because they do not have a foothold in the hierarchy, they may also be disrespected by some.
As much credit as Metro State president Stephen Jordan may deserve, any institution that depends on adjunct professors for 40 percent of its faculty needs to do some self-examination. The solution is not to fire the adjuncts, who need the jobs, but to pay them a living wage and accord them respect and consideration.Tenure-tracked faculty must stand up for their adjunct colleagues.