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Standards & Guidelines

Part-Time Faculty

CAA provides the following guidelines on part-time faculty for its members. You can find news articles on the subject through a keyword search on the websites of the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.


Appeal for Oral Readers to Make Podcasts of Chapters of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower (2014)

Report on Part-Time Faculty in Art History and Studio Art (2013).

Survey of Faculty Who Teach Online (2012).

Survey Results on Contingent Faculty in Higher Education (2012).

Coalition on the Academic Workforce Survey on Working Conditions for Contingent Faculty (2010).

Survey Demonstrates Strong Student Demand for the Humanities but Declining Conditions for Faculty (2010).

Online Career Center Job Statistics (2010).

Coalition on the Academic Workforce Publishes Issue Brief on Fair Treatment of All Teachers in Higher Education (2010).

Oregon Passes Bill Supporting Part-Time Professors (2009).

Study Finds Overreliance on Part-Time Faculty in Higher Education (2009).

HR Administrators Advocates for Adjunct Professors (2008).


Organizations and Projects

Academic Workforce Advocacy Kit, Modern Language Association (MLA).

Academic Workforce Data Center, Modern Language Association (MLA).

Adjunct Action, Boston.

Adjunct Project, Chronicle of Higher Education.

Art Teacher Edu

Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE).

Campus Equity Week.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, California.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, Chicago.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, international.

Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW).

National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS).

New Faculty Majority.

North American Alliance for Fair Employment.


Resource Directories

guidelines on Contingent Appointments, American Association of University Professors (AAUP).



Degrees of Shame, a thirty-minute documentary by Barbara Wolf about the prevalence and working conditions of faculty in contingent positions.


Publications and Documents

Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Contingent Faculty: A Manual for Applicants and a Strategy to Gain Full Rights to Benefits, by Joe Berry, Beverly Stewart, and Helena Worthen (2007). Published by the Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor.

American Academic: The State of the Higher Education Workforce 1997–2007, American Federation of Teachers (2009).

CAW Contingent Faculty Survey Results for Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art/Design Faculty, Peter Buccianeri and CAA (2013).

Chronicle of Higher Education blogs.

Contingency Faculty Report, by Steven Shulman (2015). Published by the Center for the Study of Academic Labor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

The Just-in-Time Professor: A Staff Report Summarizing eForum Responses on the Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education, House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democratic Staff (January 2014).

Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education, by Joe Berry (2005).

SCAH Graduate Advocacy Committee Position Statement, Society of Contemporary Art Historians (2012).

Standards and Guidelines, College Art Association.

Statement on Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members, Modern Language Association.

Who Is Professor ‘Staff’ and How Can This Person Teach So Many Classes?”, Center for the Future of Higher Education Policy Report #2 (2012).


News Articles

Nona Willis Aronowitz, “Class divide on campus: Adjunct professors fight for better pay, benefits,” NBC News, January 20, 2014.

Paul Fain, “Low Expectations, High Stakes,” Inside Higher Ed, April 7, 2014.

Adrianna Kezar and Daniel Maxey, “The Changing Academic Workforce,” Trusteeship 21, no. 3 (May/June 2013).



Appeal for Oral Readers to Make Podcasts of Chapters of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower, February 25, 2014.


American Association of University Professors

Policy Statements and Reports

Losing Focus: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2013–14 (2014).

Trends in Instructional Staff Employment, 1975–2011 (2013). A report showing the growth in non-tenure-track appointments.

Statement on the Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty Positions 2013).

The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments (2012).

Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments (2010). A report approved for publication by the Committee on Contingency and the Profession.

Looking the Other Way? Accreditation Standards and Part-Time Faculty (2008). A report approved for publication by the Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession.

Part-Time Faculty Appointments, section 13 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure (2006).

AAUP Contingent Faculty Index 2006. Provides data specific to individual college and university campuses on the number of full-time faculty with and without tenure, the number of part-time faculty, and the number of graduate-student employees.

Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession (2003).

The Applicability of the Standards for Notice of Nonreappointment to All Full-Time Faculty Members on Renewable Term Appointments (1995).

The Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty (1993).

Reports of Investigations in Cases Involving Contingent Faculty

North Idaho College, part-time faculty (2009).

Nicholls State University, non-tenure-track faculty (2008).

University of New Haven, non-tenure-track faculty (2008).

City University of New York, part-time faculty (2004).

East Texas Baptist University, non-tenure-track faculty (2003).

Tiffin University, non-tenure-track faculty (2002).

Clarkson College, non-tenure-track faculty (1993).

Maryland Institute College of Art, non-tenure-track faculty (1988).

American International College, non-tenure-track faculty (1983).

Bloomsburg State College, non-tenure-track faculty (1969). Available on request from the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom and Tenure by calling 202-737-5900.

Frank Phillips College, non-tenure-track faculty (1968).

Other guidelines

Background Facts on Contingent Faculty (2005).

Contingent Faculty and Collective Bargaining.

Contingent Faculty Fund.

How Over-Reliance on Contingent Appointments Diminishes Faculty Involvement in Student Learning (2002). By Ernst Benjamin. Peer Review, Volume 5, Number 1.

How to Help Adjuncts (March 13, 2007). By Gwendolyn Bradley. Inside Higher Education. Op-ed piece discussing the overuse and needs of contingent faculty.

Starting Campus Coalitions. A guide by Richard Moser, AAUP associate secretary.