Why Don’t Adjuncts Just Find a Different Job?

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We’ve blogged before about the increasingly untenable state of academic careers and the plight of adjunct professors.

If it’s as bad as all that, why don’t adjunct professors just quit and find a different job?

The answer, according to Slate‘s L.V. Anderson, has to do with the hidden costs of securing a tenure-track position, the limited time frame every year in which to pursue non-academic jobs, and devotion of time and resources to students at an adjunct’s own expense.


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 →