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The Impact of Adjunct Instructors on College Student Academic and Labor Market Outcomes

Date and Time: November 14, 2015 12:00 noon–1:30 PM
Location: Miami, FL
Venue: Hyatt Regency | Riverfront South/Central

Using a unique administrative dataset on both public two-year and four-year institutions in an entire state, the paper presented in this session contributes to the teacher effectiveness literature in three major ways. First, it compares the characteristics and impacts of adjunct instructors in two-year versus four-year institutions. Second, taking advantage of the detailed data available on instructor characteristics (demographic information, academic rank, degree attainment, and time distribution across different activities and institutions), it not only estimates the potential heterogeneity in the impacts of adjuncts by instructor profiles and disciplines of study, but also explores the potential mechanisms through which adjuncts influence student outcomes. Third, it is the first study to examine the impacts of adjuncts on student labor market performance.

Associated Papers


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Community College Research Center