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Another thing that I find refreshing about adjunct teachers is that they bring current first hand business knowledge to the classroom. I would think the same would be true to computer teachers. Who the heck wants a tenured computer teacher? I want someone on the cutting edge of technology. Not some guy who will be teaching me some ancient computer language that is barely used anymore. Great if you got a researcher in the field, but honestly how many of them are realistically available to students?
You wonder why all the adjuncts stick around. It seems like many of them could do a lot better taking a job in industry and by the time many had spent up to a decade in grad school, you would think they would have some understanding of the academic job market.
Imagine if colleges paid adjuncts significantly more than $3000 per class. The problem is that even more people would want these jobs! As the article points out, the main "problem" with adjuncts is that there are too many of them as PhD programs fail to limit their enrollment when their students are having difficulty getting jobs. If adjuncts were rare, their salaries might be much higher. The excess supply of humanities PhDs has been with us for decades if not forever. Even in our (non-humanities) PhD program, we try to explain to students that the PhD job market should be considered a national market but there are many students who want to remain in the area and there are not good jobs for all of them in our city.