Adjunct Exploitation, An Infographic

A handy infographic about the kinds of infuriatingly unjust predicaments that many professors, including me, find ourselves in:

A year ago, I talked about my own plight as an underpaid, overworked, and under-appreciated adjunct professor. In the last year, I have taken to developing my own, relatively cheap, online classes that anyone can take using Google’s free and simple to use video conferencing technology. You can fill out this survey and I will build a class around your interests and availability. I am also now taking philosophical counseling clients. To learn more about these businesses, listen to the podcast interview I gave this past spring to the Unemployed Philosopher’s Blog.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Ace_of_Sevens

    I would have loved to go to grad school. My field is history. However, I understand that right now, I’m working 40 hours a week in a call center for $30,000 a year and the probable result would be busting my ass for several more years to ultimately make the same or slightly less for a much harder job with longer, irregular hours at a community college.

  • August Pamplona

    The graphic is not working for me. I am assuming it is the graphic at http://academeblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/adjunct-infographic.jpg ?

  • CommentMaker

    I was in the elevator trade. I had an opportunity to get into sales with the same pay plus commission. I took it because it was a better life for what I loved to do. Problem was, college kids worked for half my salary and I was soon out of a job. I’m making a comeback but it is very slow and the financial loss is terrible.


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