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This Photo Essay Shows What it Really Means to be Adjunct Faculty

There is a false yet persistent belief that colleges and universities are filled with professors who enjoy light workloads and hefty benefits. The reality is that more than 50 percent of all faculty appointments are part-time positions held by adjuncts, lecturers and graduate assistants, according to the American Association of University Professors. This population of “contingent faculty” often teaches the equivalent of a full-time course load, but for as little as $1,500 a course and with no health-care coverage. A collection of photos from part-time faculty at Ithaca College in upstate New York captures the hardships endured by instructors and shows why so many are fighting for higher wages.