Thank you for participating in this important survey!

Please take 20 minutes to complete this survey, adding your voice to AFT’s national conversation about the solutions we need to make higher education sustainable for both our students and the teaching workforce. 

The AFT and our locals have been on the front line of the fight for equality for adjunct and contingent faculty for decades. Our last survey of contingent faculty was conducted in 2019, and we know that the higher education landscape is quickly changing, especially as we face a global pandemic that has disrupted higher education along with many other aspects of our lives. As we continue to grow our union, we need to hear about your experiences in order to reflect the needs of our members.

Contingent faculty—including nontenure-track professors, adjuncts, lecturers and graduate employees—often feel the brunt of budget cuts and increasing workloads with stagnant pay. Over the past 50 years, the use of academic workers facing contingent employment has skyrocketed. We know that as administrators try to cut costs, they’re also cutting the educational quality of our institutions, and making our profession less sustainable for everyone in it. That’s why we’re asking to hear your stories and experiences.

After the survey closes, we'll compile the results for:
  • Sharing with your local to inform bargaining strategies
  • Developing one-pagers and reports about the experiences of contingent faculty
  • Making sure that our stories are part of the narrative of the 2020 presidential campaigns and shape the agenda in higher education for local, state, and federal policymakers. 
Once we've compiled the results, we'll email you to make sure you can see what contingent faculty across the country are experiencing in the workplace. Your survey responses will not be shared or made public with your name attached without your explicit approval.