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The Costs and Benefits of Temporary Faculty

Between 1993 and 1998, 40 percent of institutions of higher education decreased the number of full-time faculty, with 22 percent of them replacing full-time with part-time faculty, according to a new research brief from ASA’s Research and Development Department in collaboration with the ASA Task Force on Part-time and Contingent Work in the Academic Workforce.

Sociology departments were not immune to this trend, according to the brief, which examines the use of “supplementary” or adjunct faculty in sociology departments. Drawing on data from the ASA 2002 Survey of Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Sociology, the report also summarizes comments from 167 chairs of ASA-affiliated departments collected from a recent open-ended online survey.

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