Re: Relevance?

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 11:16:43 -0500

important. What immediately comes to my mind is the situation of adjunct
teachers not only in anthropology, but, it seems, in all the academic
disciplines. I have not done research on the subject, but in the course
of my many years of teaching, have spoken to numerous adjuncts, and the
subject has been mentioned on this list a couple of times. For some
reason, which I would like to explore in depth, the vast majority of
adjunct teachers are women. Their lives are very difficult: they may teach
four or five courses in four or five colleges, and still do not make a
living wage. After much discussion, the Professional Staff Congress,
the teachers union for the City University of New York, has obtained some
benefits for adjuncts -- I believe, health benefits, but I'm not up to
date on this. In any case, many of the adjuncts I knew personally
dropped out of teaching altogether after several years; it was too
difficult to maintain themselves economically. Ruby Rohrlich