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The Adjunct Project is by adjuncts, for adjuncts.  

About This Project

Two-thirds of the faculty standing in front of college classrooms each day aren’t full-time or permanent professors. But getting information about the salaries of this army of adjuncts and about their campus working conditions has been difficult. This site, which is intended to pull together that information and make it publicly available, represents the evolution of a simple spreadsheet created in 2012 by Joshua Boldt, a composition instructor in Athens, Ga.

About the data:

  • The data come from adjuncts themselves. Often the hiring of part-time faculty members is done by individual academic departments. Even on the same campus, individual departments may pay and treat adjuncts very differently. We wanted to capture those differences and give adjuncts a place where they can share their own experiences. Go here to submit your own data.
  • Colleges are invited to contribute data as well. That information will be shown in addition to data that adjuncts have contributed. Go here to add an institutional submission.
  • Initial submissions came from anonymous contributions to a Google spreadsheet created by Joshua Boldt in 2012. Those submissions have been matched to specific departments. Where that wasn’t possible, those entries are identified as “not specified.”

Questions:

  • Who do you consider to be an adjunct? “Adjunct” means different things to different people. For the purposes of this site, we consider faculty, lecturers, and instructors who do not hold permanent or full-time positions to be adjuncts.
  • Where do these data come from?
 All of the data about salaries and working conditions come from adjuncts themselves. Go here to fill out the form and submit your own data.
  • How accurate is this information? Moderators review every submission before adding it to the dataset. But they’re not calling up each department to confirm pay data. Instead they’re making sure that the data aren’t obviously flawed, and that comments remain civil.
  • I know this department, and there’s no way it pays that much. You should delete that submission.
 We can’t correct individual submissions, but we encourage you to add your own data to the mix—either by filling out the entire submission form or just by adding a comment on a specific department. Keep in mind that not everyone had the same job experience, not everyone was paid the same amount, and not everyone had the same job expectations.
  • Can colleges or departments submit data or correct errors?
 Absolutely. The data that appear come from adjuncts themselves, but administrators can also submit data or additional information. When they do, we display that information as well. Go here to submit institutional data.
  • Do I have to give you my name? I worry my department won’t hire me for next semester if I do.
 Submissions from adjuncts can be anonymous. Those from colleges and department administrators need to have e-mail addresses attached so we can follow up with any questions. Giving us your e-mail address also means we can update you when new data or features are added to the site.
  • What’s a median?
 For any set of numbers arranged in order, the median is the number in the middle. That means half of the set is less than the median, and half of the set is greater than the median. We chose the median because it is less sensitive to extreme high and low figures than the mean, or what people generally mean by “average.”

Pay methodology:

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  • We base our salary figures on a typical three-credit course. However, some instructors are paid on a different basis. For those situations, we provide a calculator in the data-submission form to make conversions from adjunct-supplied information so that the figures are comparable. The conversion methodology, which we developed in conjunction with Josh Boldt and other advisers, is as follows:
    • When converting pay for a class that offers a number of credits other than three, we divide the adjunct’s pay by the number of course credits and multiply by three.
    • When converting payment by the number of students in a class, we multiply the per-student rate by the class size, multiply by three, and then divide by the number of class credits.
    • When converting hourly teaching rates, we multiply the hourly rate by contact hours per week, times the number of weeks in the semester.
    • When converting pay by year, we divide the annual payment by the number of credits taught per year, and multiply by three.

Comment policy:

  • We value your thoughtful contributions and are committed to fostering respectful dialogue and debate. Toward that end, we encourage commenters to use their real names, though anonymous comments are also allowed.
  • We welcome a large and diverse community that includes a variety of views. Voice your views as vehemently as you would like, but please be considerate of others. Just because someone disagrees with your position on an issue does not make it a personal attack on you. Criticizing an idea is acceptable; calling a person names is not.
  • Moderating discussions, which we do, is an inexact science. We strive to be fair and to make this a civil and welcoming place. We reserve the right to remove without notice any comments we deem inappropriate.

Supporters:

  • Modern Language Association
  • American Historical Association

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Contact us:

  • Have more questions? Want to help improve the site or write for The Adjunct Blog? Work at a scholarly association and want to support the project? Write to us at adjunctmoderators@chronicle.com.

Continue browsing the site:

Submissions in your area:

George Mason University

$2,439 – $5,000 per course
English: $3,480 – $5,000

Stratford University

$1,666 – $2,000 per course
Liberal Arts: $2,000

Columbia College at Fairfax

$1,200 per course
Social Sciences: $1,200
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