Marquette Profs Question Treatment of Adjuncts

April 22, 2009

Marquette University's theology department last year asked the Faculty Council to study the ethics of a Roman Catholic university failing to offer health insurance to adjuncts. The Faculty Council has now come back and raised questions not only about that policy but many others. The group is asking the university to consider a number of questions, such as: Are some departments employing “permanent adjuncts,” and what are the implications if they are? What percent of the teaching load is delivered by adjuncts across the university today, and what is the trend over past 10 years? How many adjuncts regularly teach at least two courses every year? Are there some current adjuncts that should be moved to contract status? Should there be salary adjustments for adjuncts based on factors such as the repeat teaching of two or more courses? Should adjuncts receive health insurance benefits at least equal to the benefits now offered to graduate teaching assistants, when the adjunct teaches a minimum of two courses per year and has no benefits from any other institution? What do our peer institutions do?

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