KSU Provost Improving Conditions for Adjunct Professors

Adjunct professors have for years faced long hours, low pay, and little support at the universities…

Georgia (Apr 7, 2015) — Adjunct professors have for years faced long hours, low pay, and little support at the universities where they teach, even as schools increase the number of adjuncts working in the classroom.


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Adjunct professors are part-time or full-time university instructors who are not a permanent faculty member or on a tenure track. They usually work on a contractual basis. And they now make up a majority of the teaching workforce on campuses across the country.

Kennesaw State University has a pool of some 1,300 part-time teachers and some 800 active adjuncts in  any given semester. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at KSU Dr. Ken Harmon wants to make sure they feel like valued members of the faculty.

Harmon talked with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer about what KSU is doing to improve conditions for adjuncts. He also responded to some of the issues raised by KSU adjunct professor Mandy McGrew in an interview on ''A Closer Look'' last March.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu