Special Report Professional Pay in Higher Education
For decades, the pay earned by college and university faculty—especially adjunct or contingent faculty—has failed to keep pace with the rising cost of living. Too many higher-education employees, including academic staff and support professionals, struggle to pay their bills.
A new examination of federal data from 2021 - 2022 shows that this alarming trend has continued, with HBCU faculty particularly affected. The good news: our research shows faculty who have a union are able to bargain to better pay.
One thing is clear: It’s time to join your local and state affiliates in fighting for fair pay for the faculty and staff whose work is vital to the mission of their institutions and integral to the wellbeing of our nation.