Atque Inter Silvas Academi Quaerere Verum

We all know that adjunct faculty are the field hands in the groves of academe.  Higher education’s once dirty little secret is now just a dirty employment practice that sacrifices the needs of the hardest working teachers to satisfy the insatiable wants of their tenured overlords.

And now, thanks to the “Affordable” Care Act, the life of the adjunct just got a little more impoverished, a little more miserable:

To Community College of Allegheny County’s president, Alex Johnson, cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers to avoid providing health insurance coverage for them under the impending Affordable Health Care Act is purely a cost-saving measure at a time the college faces a funding reduction.

But to some of the employees affected, including 200 adjunct faculty members, the decision smacks of an attempt to circumvent the national health care legislation that goes into effect in January 2014.

“It’s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the money to pay for it,” said Adam Davis, an adjunct professor who has taught biology at CCAC since 2005.

Temporary part-time employees received an email notice from Mr. Johnson on Tuesday informing them that the new health care act defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week.

As a result, the college as of Dec. 31 will reduce temporary part-time employee hours to 25 per week. For adjuncts, the workload limit will be reduced from 12 to 10 credits per semester.

You can read more about how great Obamacare is at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Thanks to healthcare mandates, Christmas comes early at Professor Adjunct’s house.

3 thoughts on “Atque Inter Silvas Academi Quaerere Verum

  1. Well I am sure they voted for him, supported the un-ACA, and also want the country flooded with third and fourth world countries that will make their classes, when the few that are paid to do so, actually show up, utterly miserable. Somehow, I don’t feel sorry for them. You got what you wanted. Next they will demand the government (i.e., me) just simply pay for their health care. They will clammer for nationalized healthcare now. Just wait. Because even “educated” people are profoundly stupid.

  2. No one ever said a degree guaranteed intelligence. In fact, in my own doctoral program, I noticed the dumb ones usually went to the head of the class. However, part-time college teaching is the smartest job on record.

  3. Time for an adjunct protest! Occupy the college president’s office ( for three hours on Wednesday)! Shout slogans! Burn a couple of SUVs! Loot a liquor store or two. Threaten to flunk every student who doesn’t join the fun. If that doesn’t work blame it on Bush, Romney, Limbaugh and Hannity. Then apply for social security disability. Trust me you’ll be approved.

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