It makes sense really. Even back in my day the lower level courses and gen ed were being taught by a number of part time professors, especially foreign languages.There is an over abundance of Graduate level degrees out there, even more now than when I was in school and with the government financing every one and their immigrant housekeeper to go to school so many universities are opening up off campus extensions and need to hire part timers to staff em.They have subsidized themselves into this corner in a way.
We're all in that corner. Too many people, and more every day. Too few decent jobs. Some are obsolete, others machines do better than we can. I spent a small fortune to send my kids to technical schools in Canada. But lots of other young people went to the same type schools, and some of them had parents with influence who could get a foot in the door for them. Mine didn't, so it was essentially unsuccessful and my kids have had to make lives for themselves doing other things. I'd like to work just for some structure, but there's not much of a market for old guys in the accounting field. The thing about this article was how the school treated that woman like a disposable item. Didn't need her anymore, and just discarded her. That's our society today.
We just got a raise, at the university where I work. I went from $3600/semester (limited to two classes only by state law, to prevent us from being taken advantage of) to $4500/semester. Several of my colleagues work at two or three different colleges to make ends meet.
Well, they have a lot of company. That's the rubric today. Get two jobs, or three jobs, and try to make it all work out somehow.
I work full time, so I'm not an freelance based teacher. If it's done right they can do very well though. They have to take on other things, save their receipts to deduct mileage, books, and eating costs. Any work related trips, trips to better their work can all be deducted.
There isn't much security for anyone today, but it seems like these people are at the mercy of the institution. The lady in the article worked for that school for twenty plus years and then was just discarded. It's a very hard world these days. It has some good deductions but seems very tenuous.