Respected and much-cited national databases on academic working conditions habitually focus on full-time, generally tenure-track professors but fall short on information about the real majority at many if not most institutions.
Robert Townsend, assistant director of research and publications for the American Historical Association, a coalition members, explains the current survey: "Although the majority of U.S. faculty are now off the tenure track, information about their working conditions is sorely lacking. Most of the limited data that exist on the working conditions of the contingent academic workforce are too generic to be of much use in really understanding how these professionals are being compensated and treated."
Get counted: take this direct link to the survey, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VNNNRVS
Coalition for Academic Workforce, http://www.academicworkforce.org/members.html
Complete article in Inside Higher Ed, http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/09/27/adjuncts
Hat tip to NFM Board Member Peter Brown for sharing