Letter: Pros, cons to the world of adjunct college professors
The Monitor editorial on adjunct professors (“A hard job is about to get even harder,” March 15) paints a broad brush on all who engage in this activity. Many of them have another source of income with health benefits and do not mind the low salary. They are in it for the fun of teaching. What they bring to the college is industry experience that most tenured professors cannot. In my case, my full-time employer generously allowed me the time off to be an adjunct but asked me to make up the time by staying late during my non-teaching days. My extra earnings provided pin money that allowed me a little luxury on my limited budget.
There can be a downside for the college that hires adjuncts. Because of the low salary, I gave my two courses the time they deserved. I corrected no written homework because I handed out none. I gave four tests a semester, all multiple-choice. Grading these took little time. Therefore the students were getting no experience in improving their writing skills. Good writing is needed in so many situations, be it consoling a friend, writing a resume or designing a project proposal.
To quote an English proverb, “You gets what you pays for!”