The incredible shrinking tenure-track faculty

In your article “Efforts grow to unionize part-time faculty” (Page A1, Oct. 23), you wrote that colleges have come to depend on part-time faculty as tenure-track positions become scarcer. This makes it sound as though tenure-track jobs have unaccountably become scarce, and colleges have had to hire part-timers as a last-ditch effort to keep courses running. This is not true. In reality, colleges have deliberately cut tenure-track jobs and replaced them with part-time faculty in order to cut costs.

There are more part-time faculty now than ever for one reason only: because college administrations decided to run their colleges that way.

Abby Hafer


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