Over the last decades there has been a significant increase in the number of contingent faculty in the US system of higher education. The phenomenon of “workers on demand” is widespread in the US labor market where a growing number of Americans no longer hold one full- time job. They are instead employed for a finite time, often with a specific task, with little connection to their employers. In the case of higher public education, this phenomenon appears more complicated since it is correlated not only with a substantial decline of full-time faculty, but also with a marked increase of university administrators. In our paper we will analyze the process of “adjunctization” of the American public universities, assess causes, consequences, and suggest appropriate policies to promote fairness and a better allocation of resources.
contingent, education, U.S.