As the ranks of part-timers swell, they lament how easily colleges can dump them. Here's a news flash for people who care about academic freedom: Half the professoriate does not have it.
Adjuncts are getting dumped for things tenure-track scholars do with impunity -- teaching controversial material, fighting grade changes, organizing unions.
J. Peter Byrne, an associate dean at Georgetown University's law school who has written about academic freedom without tenure suggests a lesser form of protection: long-term contracts for adjuncts. Academic freedom can't exist without them, he says.
Protecting the academic freedom of adjuncts could be dangerous, Richard P. Chait, a professor of higher education at Harvard University and a leading voice on tenure reform, points out. It might suggest that everyone's academic freedom could be protected without tenure. And then where would tenure be?
[NB: Chestnut Hill College example]
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