Nontenure-track faculty seek voice on UI campus
The University of Illinois has a growing number of adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and clinical and research professors on its Urbana campus. What they have in common is what they don’t have or are not on track to receive: tenure and the protections tenure affords.
URBANA — When Dorothee Schneider talks to people outside of academia about her job as a full-time, nontenure-track professor, this is how she often describes it.
“We teach 50 percent more classes than regular faculty, but we make only 50 percent of the annual salary of tenured colleagues in our field.”
The Ph.D.-bearing historian, former Fulbright recipient and author of two published books in her field of labor and immigration has been teaching on and off at the University of Illinois since 1991, some years part time, some years full time.
Since 2007, Schneider has been a full-time lecturer in the Department of History. In August, she celebrated when her salary inched above $50,000 for the first time.
Schneider is one of a growing number of “other academics” on campus, a group that includes adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and clinical and research professors. What they have in common is what they don’t have or are not on track to receive: tenure and the protections tenure affords.
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