Phillip W. Magness

Historian – 19th century United States

Dear AAUP & Media: Non-Tenure Track does not equal Adjunct

| December 8, 2015

One of the most pervasive and pernicious myths of the adjunct activist movement is the claim that somewhere in the neighborhood of 75% of current university faculty are adjuncts. This figure derives from the frequently hapless, though sometimes intentional, conflation of¬†terminology. Yet another example of this happened today in the Christian Science Monitor, which cited […]

The Myth of the Adjunct Majority, continued

| August 22, 2015

My post last night about the “Myth of the 76% Adjunct Majority” generated a fair amount of discussion, including a lengthy response by Aaron Barlow¬†of the Academeblog. At its core Barlow disagrees with my separation of adjunct faculty from other non-tenure track faculty, arguing instead that the two should be counted together as “contingent” faculty. […]