Contingent Faculty

Resources on Contingent Appointments

AAUP Policy Statements & Reports 

Charts and Tables Showing Trends in Faculty and Instructional Staff Status:

The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members in Higher Education, Fall 2011 (Data report, released April 2014; PDF, 68 p.)

Trends in Faculty Employment Status, 1975-2011. A bar chart showing changes in different faculty job categories since 1975.

Snakes and Ladders

Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education. Ann L. Mullen. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. Professor X. New York: Viking, 2011.

Report Finds Inadequate Conditions for Contingent Faculty

A new report from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (of which the AAUP is a member) focuses on problems faced by contingent faculty and their students at the start of the academic term.

Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty

Actions by colleges and universities to cut the courseloads of part-time faculty members to evade provisions of the Affordable Care Act are reprehensible. Institutions must recognize the many activities in which part-time faculty members engage, and provide benefits accordingly.

What Do We Know about Teaching Online?

Headlines about online instruction change quickly. Six months ago, massive open online courses (MOOCs) were news. Now, the news is no longer about the wonders of technology or access—the focus instead is on the potentially negative effects of online working conditions.

What is it really like to teach online? What kind of professional life does an online faculty member lead? Does the art of teaching survive online delivery? Faculty working conditions, after all, are students’ learning conditions.

Change Requires Discipline

Today, approximately seven out of every ten instructional faculty members at nonprofit institutions of higher learning are employed off the tenure track; nearly half of all faculty members providing instruction in nonprofit higher education hold part-time appointments. The characteristics that distinguish tenure-track from non-tenure-track faculty members are not limited to the latter’s lack of eligibility for tenure.

Campus Equity Week 2013

Campus Equity Week 2013 will be held from Oct. 28-Nov. 2, and will feature more than 125 events to raise awareness about the nation’s increasingly stratified higher education system.

Contract Agreement at Wright State

In late September, the AAUP chapter at Wright State University in Ohio signed its first contract and workload agreement with the university covering about 180 fulltime non-tenure-eligible faculty members, giving them unprecedented job security and other benefits.

Campus Equity Week

Campus Equity Week (called Fair Employment Week in Canada) is designed to draw attention to inequities on campuses across North America. The vast majority of faculty now hold insecure partand full-time non-tenure-track positions, often subject to exploitative employment conditions. And students’ access to a high-quality college education is increasingly uneven.

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