On the Issues: “Ivory Tower”? Think Again


An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org.


In November, the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Education and Workforce launched an electronic forum to gather comments from contingent faculty members about their working conditions and the effect of those working conditions on students.

The recently-released report on the results of that effort, titled “The Just-In-Time Professor,” tells a shameful tale about the real lives of most faculty members in U.S. colleges and universities that should put to rest the stereotypes of faculty as Ivory Tower denizens with their elbow patches, pipes, and summers in Europe.

Consider just one set of numbers the report details:

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