February 17, 2022

California’s community colleges increasingly rely on adjunct professors as low-paid replacements for full-time faculty. Rather than a side gig, many adjuncts cobble together part-time work at multiple colleges or in multiple districts. Many don’t have health insurance. Often they are hanging on, hoping for a full time job, that never materializes. 

It can be a precarious living, one that shortchanges the adjuncts and their students.


  • Steve Hall, Adjunct professor, Butte-Glenn Community College District
  • Cherise Mantia, Adjunct professor, Gavilan College
  • Curley Wikkeling-Miller, Adjunct professor, Peralta and Solano Community College Districts
  • Thomas Peele, Investigative reporter, EdSource

Read EdSource’s three-part series about adjunct working conditions: