What's in a Title? Adjuncts by Another Name May Face the Same Realities

What’s in a Title? Adjuncts by Another Name May Face the Same Realities 1

Josh Anderson for The Chronicle

During his nearly 20 years at Middle Tennessee State U., Warren Tormey has been called an adjunct, an assistant professor, and a lecturer.

If you are paid like an adjunct, work the hours of an adjunct, and get the limited benefits of an adjunct, then you’re an adjunct, right?

Would it make a difference if that job came with a fancier or more-prestigious title? Would it matter if adjuncts were given a new title, even if it came without new benefits or new responsibilities?

Some colleges think so. To recognize the work of part-time faculty members—who account for about half of the faculty at the