Academia is not usually considered a low-wage field, but adjunct professors around the country are organizing for higher pay and better working conditions like retail and fast food workers have been doing for the past year.
The debate about the role of adjuncts has received increased attention since the death of an adjunct professor, Margaret Mary Vojtko. Vojtko suffered from cancer and high medical bills and taught French for 25 years. She earned roughly $10,000 a year without health insurance. Following the university’s decision not to renew her contract, Vojtko died of a heart attack on September 1.