from Remaking the University:
Just in time for the fall rituals of orientation and enrollment, the Center for the Future of Higher Education in conjunction with the New Faculty Majority Foundation has issued a new report entitled "Who is Professor Staff, and How can this person teach so many classes?" The report points again to the centrality of contingent labor for the present organization of higher education. It details, in important ways, the impact of the present labor system not only on those who teach but on those who learn. The report is based on a survey of contingent faculty carried out by the Center.
As "Who is Professor Staff?" makes clear, the majority of teachers in higher education are not only contingent faculty but are part-time contingent faculty....Despite the common perception of higher education populated with tenured and tenure-track faculty it is the reality of contingent and part-time faculty that is the dominant fact in the labor system of higher education. Reliance on contingent faculty is also the prime mechanism through which university and college managers have sought to cut instructional labor costs. ...
The report highlights two issues as it moves from the objective structure of higher ed labor to the experience of contingent labor within the faculty.
The first, is the frequency with which contingent faculty are given almost no advance notice....The second point highlighted was, unfortunately all too predictably, the lack of support offered by employing departments, administrations, and permanent faculty.