In response to Monday’s article in the Collegian about adjunct
professors’ painfully low wages and lack of job security, I would
like to call shame on CSU. I thought back to the many classes I
have taken at CSU and realized how many of them had been taught not
by tenured professors, but by hard-working adjunct professors.
I believe the benefit these instructors bring to the university
highly surpasses the lack of compensation and lack of flat-out
respect they receive. Every student at CSU depends on adjunct
professors in many core curriculum classes, such as speech,
composition and math. Many of these instructors, when teaching
freshmen and sophomores, literally shape the very academic careers
that these students will take.
It’s true that money at CSU is very tight these days, and there
are many departments and academic areas that are not receiving the
funding they desperately need (such as our under-funded library).
Nonetheless, I believe this issue needs serious attention, more so
than a $15.2 million stadium upgrade, for example.
Adjunct professors do the same job and are, at times, more
visible and approachable than tenured professors and are expected
to uphold the university’s standard of academic excellence for less
than 50 percent of the salary of an assistant professor, less than
35 percent of the salary of an associate professor and less than 25
percent of the salary of a full professor. Haven’t adjunct
professors earned the right to pay equity, job security and
Memo to CSU: Yes, they have.
Jared Van Buskirk
Senior, business administration and management