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Adjunct faculty deserve better

Kudos to Tricia Bishop for her insightful article on capping adjunct teacher hours to avoid offering health coverage ("Schools avoid costs of care," October 27).

The article states that most adjuncts earn less than $2,500 per course. I am an adjunct faculty member at a community college and earn $710 per credit. Think about it. At that pay rate, I would have to teach more than 23 three-credit courses every year to earn $50,000, without receiving benefits. Even if an adjunct were able to manage such an unrealistic schedule, he would likely need to teach at eight different schools to avoid hitting the college's teaching load cap.

Although many adjuncts hold teaching certifications and advanced degrees, their pay is not commensurate with their education, as it is in public school systems. Preparing to teach a college course requires scores of hours in research and planning. Teaching is a labor of love, but it's time that the value of adjunct faculty members was recognized.

Fran Ludman, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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