The Motley Fool Discussion Boards

Previous Page

Retirement Discussions / Retire Early CampFIRE


Subject:  Re: Heh heh...academia gets whacked by ObamaKare Date:  11/23/2012  6:26 PM
Author:  telegraph Number:  656665 of 838390

MZ:"Adjuncts sign on for a variety of reasons. Some are working professionals who don't need the money but want to pad their resumes with academic credentials. Some are hanging on to an academic career by teaching classes here and there to piece together enough to live. Some hope to obtain the Holy Grail of a tenured position, but there are few in CCs. "

You forgot a good reason why adjuncts teach. When I took my graduate EE degree course at GWU in the Wash DC area.....nearly all the courses were taught be adjuncts.

About 2/3rds of them were working in the industry in the area they taught. One was an expert in cryptography at Naval Research Institutes. One of the 'brains' in the industry. Another had written a book on the subject. Several others were active in the industry they taught. All had PhDs and likely decades of real world experience (as opposed to ivory tower academics who did 'research' that may or may not have gone anywhere. most of the profs in the aft