'Freeway flyers' increasing, here and in U.S.
Apr 15, 2015
Adjunct community college instructors log many miles, collect low pay
By Mary Strope
Cesar Chavez once compared part-time, temporary community college instructors to migrant farm workers. Like those laboring in the fields, they are poorly paid, constantly commuting between jobs, and enjoy little security.
Dubbed "freeway flyers," they carry the bulk of the teaching load at City College of San Francisco and at community colleges throughout California and the nation.
They go by different names: road scholars, adjuncts, part-timers, non-tenured faculty, lecturers, contingents. In New York City, they’re called “subway schleppers.”
Their many nicknames reflect their uneasy status in the halls of academia. They teach the same classes that tenured professors do, but don’t receive the same pay or benefits.