(1) It has been widely acknowledged that the quality of undergraduate education in this country is diminishing. (2) An often unrecognized cause of this malady is the exploitative way that universities as employers treat their part-time and temporary faculty members. (3) In many universities there are no formal guidelines for evaluating the work of these instructors. As a result, (4) poor instructors who solicit the favor of the department chairman are often retained over better ones who do not. (5) Another factor is the low pay given to these instructors. (6)In order to survive, many of them must accept heavy teaching loads spread out over three or four institutions. (7)The quality of instruction can only suffer when faculty members stretch themselves so thin. Lastly, because (8) part-time and temporary faculty are rarely members of the faculty senate, (9) they have no voice in university governance. But (10) without a voice, the shoddy conditions under which they work are never brought to light.
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