Education

KSU Provost Improving Conditions For Adjunct Professors

Kennesaw State University has a pool of some 1,300 part-time teachers and some 800 active adjuncts in  any given semester.
Kennesaw State University has a pool of some 1,300 part-time teachers and some 800 active adjuncts in any given semester.
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KSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ken Harmon discusses the challenges facing adjunct professors with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on WABE's ''A Closer Look.''

Adjunct professors have for years faced long hours, low pay and little support at the universities where they teach, even as schools increase the number of adjuncts working in the classroom.

Adjunct professors are part-time or full-time university instructors who are not a permanent faculty member or on a tenure track. They usually work on a contractual basis, and they now make up a majority of the teaching workforce on campuses across the country.

Kennesaw State University has a pool of about 1,300 part-time teachers and about 800 active adjuncts in any given semester. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at KSU Dr. Ken Harmon wants to make sure they feel like valued members of the faculty.

Harmon talked with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer about what KSU is doing to improve conditions for adjuncts. He also responded to some of the issues raised by KSU adjunct professor Mandy McGrew in an interview on ”A Closer Look” last March.

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