More must be done for ad­junct pro­fes­sors at Metropoli­tan State

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Rashna B. Singh,

“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.

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