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New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Education Scholar Adrianna Kezar on the Changing Faculty

New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Education Scholar Adrianna Kezar on the Changing Faculty | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"DiSalvio: Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty were once the norm in higher education. However, the numbers and proportions of non-tenure track faculty as a segment of the professoriate has crept higher over the past decade and adjunct faculty now make up the majority of the higher education workforce. Does this shift of faculty constitute a growing and critical problem for higher education?


Kezar: Yes, it appears that this shift might be presenting a critical problem for higher education."

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IRS Says Colleges Must Be 'Reasonable' When Calculating Adjuncts' Hours | The Chronicle

Preparation time, not just hours in the classroom, should be counted, the agency says in a proposed rule. Eligibility for health benefits is at stake.
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"The proposed rules, announced in the Federal Register on January 2, don't provide a hard and fast formula for how to calculate an adjunct's workload, but "further guidance may be provided," the announcement says. The agency is collecting comments on the proposal through March 18.

In the meantime, colleges must "use a reasonable method for crediting hours of service," the IRS document says. In the case of an adjunct faculty member, the document adds, it would not be a reasonable method of calculating an instructor's work hours for colleges to take into account "only classroom or instruction time and not other hours that are necessary to perform the employee's duties, such as class-preparation time."

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