On the Alleged Exploitation of Adjuncts

George Leef

Just as low-wage workers in the fast food industry as supposedly exploited by their employers, so too are adjunct faculty members. They have sweated to earn advanced degrees and badly want to work in the academic world, yet college officials offer to pay them a pittance for teaching courses. That's unfair exploitation, right?

Not so fast argue Jason Brennan of Georgetown and Phillip Magness of George Mason, the authors of a new paper on that subject. I discuss their arguments in this week's Pope Center Clarion Call.

In short, "justice for adjuncts" would cost a huge amount that should, arguably be spent instead on other things; it would also create bad unintended consequences, just as all interference in the market does.

  • Share

Most Commented

January 24, 2024


After Claudine

The idea has caught on that the radical left overplayed its hand in DEI and is now vulnerable to those of us who seek major reforms. This is not, however, the first time that the a......

February 13, 2024


The Great Academic Divorce with China

All signs show that American education is beginning a long and painful divorce with the People’s Republic of China. But will academia go through with it?...

October 31, 2023


University of Washington Violated Non-Discrimination Policy, Internal Report Finds

A faculty hiring committee at the University of Washington “inappropriately considered candidates’ races when determining the order of offers,” provided “disparate op......

Most Read

May 15, 2015


Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

October 12, 2010


Ask a Scholar: What is the True Definition of Latino?

What does it mean to be Latino? Are only Latin American people Latino, or does the term apply to anyone whose language derived from Latin?...

September 21, 2010


Ask a Scholar: What Does YHWH Elohim Mean?

A reader asks, "If Elohim refers to multiple 'gods,' then Yhwh Elohim really means Lord of Gods...the one of many, right?" A Hebrew expert answers....