Resources for Contingent Faculty

Over the past few years the Association has grown increasingly concerned that a growing number of historians are being forced into part-time, adjunct, and temporary capacities at colleges and universities, living on small wages and even fewer benefits. This page provides recent data on the use of faculty in these capacities, and additional resources to assist historians seeking employment in the academy.

In January 2000, the Association established a special committee to review the proliferation of part-time and adjunct employment and review their working conditions. In 2014, the Committee on Contingent Faculty was formed to look into the issue once again.

Employment Articles and Information

Underpaid and Underappreciated: A Portrait of Part-time Faculty (September 2012)

Depending on the Contingent: The Hidden Costs for History (April 2006)

Recommendations of the AHA/OAH Joint Committee (September 2003)

Major Problems Result from the Growing Use of Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty (March 2003)

1999 AHA Department Survey Shows Increased Hiring of Low-Wage Part-Time Faculty (September 1999)

Who Is Teaching In U.S. College Classrooms? A Coalition on the Academic Workforce Study of Undergraduate Faculty (1999)

Data on the academic job market and the employment of historians

AHA Career Center (job listings)

Statements and Reports on Contingent Employment for Historians

AHA Ad Hoc Committee on Contingent Faculty Final Report 

Standards for Employment of Part-Time Faculty

Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct

Links to Sites with Related Information

Adjunct Nation

American Association of Community Colleges

American Association of University Professors

American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation

American Federation of Labor--Higher Education

American College Personnel Association

Community College Humanities Association

Chronicle of Higher Education

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor

ERIC - Education Resources Information Center

Faculty Forward Network

Workplace: The Journal for Academic Labor