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The Instructors Formerly Known as ‘Adjuncts’

The hive mind of academic word usage has been buzzing busily over the last few years, trying to come up with a useful alternative title for those of us who are not, and probably never will be, on the tenure track.

This linguistic task of nomenclature was ignored for many years for the simple reason that we, the untenured faculty, were very much in the minority, our corpus largely comprising young academics looking for their first job, professors of practice, active emeriti, and those misfits—s…