December 7, 2019

The Journal stands with WU adjuncts

Adjunct professors constitute a vital element of Webster University, and The Journal fully supports their efforts to unionize. Adjuncts provide valuable field experience, and knowledge in many different areas. Still, adjuncts do not enjoy the security nor the pay of full-time professors.

Because of this, adjuncts are placed under the same amount of pressure most full-time instructors are, but do not have any of the benefits full-time teachers receive. Furthermore, most adjuncts work second jobs to support themselves.

Teachers are what make Webster great. It’s not the new facilities, or parking lots, and it’s not the awards or the number of accolades the university picks up that matter. What’s most important is the high-quality, hard-working and dedicated faculty at our school. They shape the experience of every student, and provide the tools for success in the professional world. If the quality or the dedication of the teachers suffers, the whole university does as well.

Regardless of the nature of the institution—public or private—teachers should have the right to unionize. And students should support them in their efforts. Even with the university’s financial situation, the importance of providing adequate pay, health care and benefits to the entire faculty should be one of the university’s highest priorities.

This is especially true at Webster, where adjuncts compose 87 percent of the faculty, which is well above the national average of 48 percent, according to Collegefactual.com.

We at The Journal believe the university has an obligation to serve its students and its faculty before anything else. And if a portion of the faculty feels it has been under-appreciated or neglected in any way, they should have the right to voice their concerns and bargain collectively.

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