Class Warfare: Adjunct Professors

The army of part-time professors teaching at the region's colleges are merely working stiffs at the bottom of an enormous and lucrative enterprise.

Feeling Crunched

How part-time faculty stack up, by the numbers.

Average salary for a full-time instructional faculty in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Median salary for a postsecondary-education administer in 2012.

Average per-course pay for Massachusetts adjuncts.

Increase in tuition costs since 1985.

Increase in the number of part-time faculty between 1970 and 2003.

Average reported annual income of more than half of the part-time faculty teaching in the U.S.

Average increase in earnings when a service worker is unionized, as of 2013.


Sources: U.S. Department of Labour Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chronicle of High Education, Adjunct Project.