A major reason I decided to launch Scholapreneur was the terrible job market for adjuncts. The hours are long, the pay is terrible, the benefits non-existent. They rarely lead to any permanent employment in a university, but an adjunct often can’t get away due to the social stigma that academics give to other academics who leave the university. It is the the job equivalent of Jean Paul-Satre’s “No Exit.”
But most stay in their jobs because they: a) believe that the market will one day turn the corner because elderly professors will retire and open up their tenure-track positions, or; b) have no other career options.
The first notion is sadly false; the second notion is happily false. But we will stay on the depressing side of the ledger in this blog post and explore why things will get worse for the adjunct job market before they get better. Knowing the full nature of a disease is necessary before designing a cure.