Kean, UCC adjuncts feel disrespected

Part-time teachers have similar work load as tenured staff, make far less money

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The role of adjunct professors in higher education is continually expanding, but these non-tenured employees at both Kean University and Union County College claim while their numbers continue to grow, they are not respected or valued by administration.

The percentage of adjunct professors versus full-time faculty at universities and colleges in New Jersey and throughout the nation has increased from 22 percent in 1970 to 43 percent in 1999. Although there were no recent updates available, locally educators expect recent percentages to be even higher, but that does little to quell the rising tide of resentment felt by Kean and Union County College adjuncts.

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