Progress on Addressing Contingent Work Issues in Academia


  • Daniel Jacoby University of Washington, Bothell



Higher Education, Washington, Contingent Academic Labor, Technical and Community Colleges, Quantitative


Higher education workers in Washington State are challenging the use of contingent academic labor. This article examines data and policies relevant to the state's reliance upon part-time faculty in community colleges. Data from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is juxtaposed with results from a survey completed by 20% of the part-time faculty in 14 community colleges to show that most do not work part-time by choice. The quantitative analysis underlies a subsequent examination of legislative and court solutions pursued in Washington State. Despite significant spending constraints, the state shows signs of being in the national vanguard as it addresses contingent academic labor issues.


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Author Biography

Daniel Jacoby, University of Washington, Bothell

Daniel Jacoby is Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington's Bothell campus where he teaches economics. He writes on labor, education, and economics and is the author of Laboring for Freedom: A New Look at the History of American Labor (M.E. Sharpe, Inc, 1998).




How to Cite

Jacoby, D. (2001). Progress on Addressing Contingent Work Issues in Academia. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 9, 41.