How many hours do adjuncts really work?

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by Taylor Fontes No Comments

Steven M. Bloom of the American Council on Education proposes two methods of calculating adjuncts’ [real] hours determine eligibility for healthcare under the new Affordable Health Care Law.  The law stipulates that employers with 50+ employees must provide health care for anyone working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

The proposals are as follows:

1.     1) Use percentage of full-time course load, and the other would apply

2.     2) Use a ratio of outside-the-classroom hours to “face time” in the classroom.

Because each university is diverse and distinct, Mr. Bloom urges adjuncts to devise a ration that best suits them.  The Hofstra AAUP is establishing an Adjunct Advisory Committee whose first charge will be to brainstorm a calculation that applies to the majority of adjuncts on our campus.  If you are interested in being a member of this committee, please contact Taylor Fontes at by no later than June 1st.

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