Carly Sitrin, NJ Spotlight
Part-time lecturers are asking for pay equity, affordable healthcare, and job security. Rutgers says it can’t afford to fund those requests
Part-time professors and contingent faculty at Rutgers University make up 70 percent of the teaching staff but some part-timers are paid significantly less than the tuition of a single student. This group is arguing it is unfairly treated by the university system and has ramped up its efforts to garner public support for its plight.
With contracts set to expire on June 30 and bargaining sessions in full swing, part-time lecturers (Rutgers’ term for adjunct professors) are demanding pay equity, universal access to affordable health benefits, job security, and more visibility and representation in the university.