Contingent Faculty

Faculty Forum: Ways to Organize Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Lecturers, adjuncts, instructors, postdocs, visiting professors, graduate student teachers, and others in non-tenure-track positions now constitute the great majority of faculty in US higher education. But many college and university policies were written decades ago and barely acknowledge the existence of faculty like me who work in contingent appointments.

Losing Our Faculties

The Fall of The Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and why it Matters. Benjamin Ginsberg. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Under New Management: Universities, Administrative Labor, and the Professional Turn. Randy Martin. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011.

The Production of Living Knowledge: The Crisis of the University and the Transformation of Labor in Europe and North America. Gigi Roggero (trans. Enda Brophy). Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011.

Summary Dismissal of Contingent Faculty Member Raises Concerns

The summary dismissal of a contingent faculty member at Texas A & M University-San Antonio (TAMUS) raises serious concerns for the AAUP.  A letter was sent to the TAMUS administration yesterday conveying these concerns. Read the AAUP's letter (.pdf)

Contingent Faculty Survey Results

The Coalition on the Academic Workforce, of which the AAUP is a member, released the results of its highly anticipated survey of contingent faculty. 

New Report on Contingent Faculty and Governance

As the AAUP has documented time and time again, the proportion of faculty appointments that are “contingent”—lacking the benefits and protections of tenure and a planned long-term relationship with an institution—has increased dramatically over the past few decades. By 2009—the latest year for which national data are available—75 percent of US faculty appointments were off the tenure track, and 60 percent were part-time.


AAUP leaders have joined with faculty leaders from across the country and from many different organizations to form coalitions to work toward a common goal. Learn more about what these coalitions do and how you can get involved.

Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed Releases Report on Contingent Faculty

A new report out from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education focuses on problems faced by contingent faculty and their students at the start of the term. The report is based on a survey by the New Faculty Majority of five hundred faculty members.

Report Examines Working Conditions of Part-Time Faculty

In June, the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, a group that includes the AAUP, released an initial report based on data from its wide-ranging survey of the working conditions of contingent faculty. Nearly thirty thousand people replied to the survey. The initial report focused on part-time faculty members, from whom ten thousand responses were received.

Resources on Contingent Appointments

AAUP Policy Statements & Reports 

Charts and Tables Showing Trends in Faculty and Instructional Staff Status:

The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members in Higher Education, Fall 2011 (Data report, released April 2014; PDF, 68 p.)

Trends in Faculty Employment Status, 1975-2011. A bar chart showing changes in different faculty job categories since 1975.


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