Corruption, exploitation and cruelty are the main ingredients in this book about college adjunct faculty, issues not usually associated with the grand manners and political correctness of higher education.
Ghosts in the Classroom is an anthology of essays written by college adjunct faculty about their experiences working in higher education. They are written by people who are now in the field, those have gotten permanent jobs, and those who have left the profession for a better life. The contributors have worked at expensive, private schools, Ivy League schools, public universities and community colleges. Adjunct faculty are paid on a course by course basis only and given few, if any, benefits and no job security. The essays in Ghosts in the Classroom show what happens in the classroom because of that.
*The gross discrepancy between full-time and adjunct pay, depsite the fact that adjunct faculty have the same degrees and do the same work;
*How teaching suffers when adjunct faculty teach on the side of a full-time job or career or string together a series of classes at different campuses;
*How adjuncts are often targets of abuse by administrators and scapegoats for full-time faculty;
*How adjunct faculty are expected to function despite the fact that few are given an office, a phone, computer facilities or even chalk, a grade book or photocopying services;
*Adjunct faculty are expected to commit to a college and professionally prepare for courses, even though the course may be canceled or reassigned at the last minute without any compensation provided;
*Adjunct faculty are used to teach the classes full-time faculty don't want to teach, at times they refuse to work;
*How students are negatively affected by demoralized, over-worked teachers who are out of the loop of the schools they serve.
Adjunct faculty teach approximately 50% of all courses offered in the colleges and universities in the United States. This invisible, unsupported and abused group has allowed the colleges to remain open and running at full-tilt. Ghosts in the Classroom exposes this phenomenon and many of the things it affects. You will never think about the higher educational system the same way again.