"But that’s the problem: Virtually every university over-relies on underpaid adjuncts. With less public funding flowing into state and nonprofit universities, universities are more dependent on fundraising and on income from students whose families can afford to pay full tuition. As a result, universities have devoted more money to administrators’ salaries and to fancy perks that make them more appealing to prospective students, and less money to teaching. And with more people earning Ph.D.s—particularly humanities Ph.D.s—than there are academic jobs, it’s easy for universities to skimp on adjunct pay. Hiring adjuncts instead of tenure-track faculty is unquestionably great for a university’s bottom line. From every other perspective, though, it’s a scourge. This is not just a question of adjuncts toiling away in relative penury. Overworked, underpaid adjuncts are also bad for students: Professors who don’t have their own offices, often must work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and sometimes find out whether they’re teaching shortly before the semester starts simply cannot devote as much energy and time to their students as they would like. Adjuncts are also bad for taxpayers: When universities don’t pay their instructors adequately or give them benefits, adjunct end up relying on food stamps and Medicaid. And, money aside, adjuncts are bad for universities themselves: Hiring adjuncts anew every semester is inefficient, and managers’ lack of accountability for how they treat these employees leaves them vulnerable to discrimination suits like Vojtko’s. We should expect universities to pay adjuncts a living wage, give them benefits and some job security, and provide them with the resources they need to do their jobs well—especially because we tend to think of education as a public good, rather than just another consumer industry."
Death of Duquesne adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko: What really happened to her?
This is a big chunk from the article, but one I felt was important to share. Thanks L.V. Anderson for doing the research, finding out more about Margaret Mary, and recognizing the major flaws in the current academic model.