Murray State considering capping hours for adjunct professors
MURRAY, Ky. - Murray State University officials say they must cut $2.5 million from the budget. One possible method for cutting cash: reducing the number of hours adjunct professors can teach.
Under the university administration's tentative plan, adjunct faculty and part-time staff will have their hours capped at 30 per week. The university would then avoid having to provide them with health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
A survey of adjunct faculty indicates that 43 percent teach 12 or more credit hours per week and 57 percent currently have no health insurance.
Faculty Senate President Kevin Binfield says they passed a resolution Tuesday demanding the university pay adjunct professors a livable wage and benefits.