Universities have spent the last several decades expanding the number of adjunct professors they hire, reducing full-time faculty and paying pauper’s wages to these part-time employees. Samuel Hazo explains how cutting full-time faculty is a disservice to academics in the pursuit of profits:
However, the recent trend toward hiring adjunct teachers and professors, competent though they may be, is part of the problem, as universities save and accrue money by not hiring full-time faculty. This is nothing but profiteering.
An adjunct is by definition one who is employed when the regular faculty is overburdened and needs supplementary help on a part-time basis. Or an adjunct is someone hired to provide special skills for a contracted period. Adjuncts were never meant to be hired en masse in lieu of hiring adequate numbers of full-time faculty.