The Agony of Adjuncts


This week, Chronicle of Higher Education advice-columnist “Ms. Mentor” counsels a recent MFA graduate on her career options.

The recent grad is considering a gig as an adjunct professor teaching composition, but the academic scene Ms. Mentor sketches is pretty grim:

…some 70 percent of college courses offered are now taught by adjuncts—part-timers who are paid a pittance and have no job security…Few have on-campus parking. Hardly any have health insurance.

What have your experiences been, readers, either adjuncting or fleeing from academia (or lassoing a unicorn and landing that elusive full-time teaching position)?

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →