Lovas, John C. “How Did We Get in This Fix? A Personal Account of the Shift to a Part-Time Faculty in a Leading Two-Year College District.” In Moving a Mountain. Eds. Schell and Stock. Urbana: NCTE, 2000. 196-217.
Lovas documents the over-use and over-reliance on part-time faculty in American colleges by describing the situation at his 2-year Silicon Valley institution and argues that the best solution to this problem – which he contends affects everyone from adjuncts and their full-time colleagues to taxpayers, legislators and administrators – is for part-time faculty themselves to organize and create strong faculty unions that are supported by legislators and the public. He ties full-time or permanent part-time positions to quality undergraduate teaching.
Notes and Quotes
baby boom overwhelmed state college systems – an economic solution was to hire lots of part-timers
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
problem reaches beyond individual institutions – to state legislators, who have a say in state-run universities – and to the taxpayers and public