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Adjuncts the underclass of higher education

Few benefits and a sliver of full-timers’ salaries

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Jennifer Marlow worked as an adjunct professor for 12 years, teaching at colleges and universities in the Capital Region, Michigan and Vermont. Like other adjuncts, she was paid by the course and received no benefits. She often taught at more than one school in an attempt to make ends meet. Years ago, while commuting to Schenectady County Community College, she suffered an emotional breakdown while contemplating her tenuous financial situation. “I was being paid less ...

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