Report critiques adjunct, tenure-line faculty models
“Over the last 40 years, the traditional model of the academic profession—full-time tenure-track professorships that focus on the triadic responsibilities of teaching, research, and service—has been eroded by a rising trend toward greater contingency…
Tenure-track jobs, which were once the most prevalent appointments on campuses, are being supplanted by an ever-rising number of full- and part-time non-tenure-track faculty positions. These contingent appointments now make up approximately 70% of faculty positions responsible for providing instruction in the nonprofit higher education sector (NCES, 2013); they represent an even greater share on some campuses.”
In this report by the University of Southern California Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, researchers seek to answer what might the academic profession of the future would look like if it were more intentionally designed to meet institutional goals.