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Adjunct Faculty of America, Unite!

The number of low-paid adjunct faculty positions in higher education are exploding and now these largely female workers are fighting to unionize.

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It’s not hard to see that the ranks of adjunct faculty will be key to implementing these efforts to move to online courses. While some grading in online courses can be done automatically—say, for computer or math courses where the correct answers can be quickly computed—other courses, like the already heavily adjunct-taught English or composition courses, will still have to rely on part-time instructors and graders.

Maisto hopes that as colleges increasingly turn to online-only courses, they also look to adjunct faculty as a serious voice in implementing them. “We’re at the front line, but we’re not making the decisions,” she said.

Editor’s Note: Since being interviewed, Baldassano decided not to run for a second term as president of Montgomery College Part-Time Faculty Union (SEIU Local 500). Dan Moskowitz has just started his term as her successor.

Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story.

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